|The first excerpt represents the past or something you must release, and is drawn from Study of a Woman by Honore de Balzac:
Four days later Eugene was scolding his valet.
"Ah ca! Joseph; I shall soon have to send you away, my lad."
"What is it, monsieur?"
"You do nothing but make mistakes. Where did you carry those letters I
gave you Saturday?"
Joseph became stolid. Like a statue in some cathedral porch, he stood
motionless, entirely absorbed in the labors of imagination. Suddenly
he smiled idiotically, and said:--
"Monsieur, one was for the Marquise de Listomere, the other was for
|The second excerpt represents the present or the deciding factor of the moment, and is drawn from Songs of Innocence and Experience by William Blake:
In thy little heart asleep!
When thy little heart doth wake,
Then the dreadful light shall break.
I love to rise in a summer morn,
When the birds sing on every tree;
The distant huntsman winds his horn,
And the skylark sings with me:
O what sweet company!
But to go to school in a summer morn, -
O it drives all joy away!
Songs of Innocence and Experience
|The third excerpt represents the future or something you must embrace, and is drawn from O Pioneers! by Willa Cather:
of blacking-boxes on the stone steps. When
everything is done and over for one at twenty-
three, it is pleasant to let the mind wander
forth and follow a young adventurer who has
life before him. "And if it had not been for
me," she thought, "Frank might still be free
like that, and having a good time making peo-
ple admire him. Poor Frank, getting married
wasn't very good for him either. I'm afraid I
do set people against him, as he says. I seem,
somehow, to give him away all the time. Per-