|The first excerpt represents the past or something you must release, and is drawn from Euthydemus by Plato:
And in the use of the goods of which we spoke at first--wealth and health
and beauty, is not knowledge that which directs us to the right use of
them, and regulates our practice about them?
Then in every possession and every use of a thing, knowledge is that which
gives a man not only good-fortune but success?
He again assented.
And tell me, I said, O tell me, what do possessions profit a man, if he
have neither good sense nor wisdom? Would a man be better off, having and
doing many things without wisdom, or a few things with wisdom? Look at the
|The second excerpt represents the present or the deciding factor of the moment, and is drawn from Elizabeth and her German Garden by Marie Annette Beauchamp:
and with all her manifold duties and daily prolonged absences
from home, her children are patterns of health and neatness,
and of what dear little German children, with white pigtails
and fearless eyes and thick legs, should be. Who shall say
that such a life is sordid and dull and unworthy of a high order
of intelligence? I protest that to me it is a beautiful life,
full of wholesome outdoor work, and with no room for those
listless moments of depression and boredom, and of wondering
what you will do next, that leave wrinkles round a pretty
woman's eyes, and are not unknown even to the most brilliant.
But while admiring my neighbour, I don't think I shall ever try
Elizabeth and her German Garden
|The third excerpt represents the future or something you must embrace, and is drawn from The Rig Veda:
Let poets sing the song of praise.
20 We summon Indra to the draught, irl whom all glories rest,
The seven communities rejoice.
21 At the Trikadrukas the Gods span sacrifice that stirs the
Let our songs aid and prosper it.
22 Let the drops pass within thee as the rivers flow into the
O fndra, naught excelleth thee.
The Rig Veda