|The first excerpt represents the past or something you must release, and is drawn from Of The Nature of Things by Lucretius:
Upon the instant. For whatever effulgence
Hath first streamed off, no matter where it falls,
Is lost unto the sun. And this 'tis thine
To know from these examples: soon as clouds
Have first begun to under-pass the sun,
And, as it were, to rend the rays of light
In twain, at once the lower part of them
Is lost entire, and earth is overcast
Where'er the thunderheads are rolled along-
So know thou mayst that things forever need
A fresh replenishment of gleam and glow,
Of The Nature of Things
|The second excerpt represents the present or the deciding factor of the moment, and is drawn from Buttered Side Down by Edna Ferber:
for the traveling men our girls wouldn't know whether stripes or
checks were the thing in gents' suitings. When the baseball season
opened the girls swarmed on it. Those that didn't understand
baseball pretended they did. When the team was out of town our
form of greeting was changed from, "Good-morning!" or "Howdy-do!"
to "What's the score?" Every night the results of the games
throughout the league were posted up on the blackboard in front of
Schlager's hardware store, and to see the way in which the crowd
stood around it, and streamed across the street toward it, you'd
have thought they were giving away gas stoves and hammock couches.
Going home in the street car after the game the girls used to
Buttered Side Down
|The third excerpt represents the future or something you must embrace, and is drawn from Old Indian Legends by Zitkala-Sa:
swept east and west and all around her. There was nowhere any sign
of the child.
Running with clinched fists to the nearest teepees, she
called: "Has any one seen my baby? He is gone! My little son is
"Hinnu! Hinnu!" exclaimed the women, rising to their feet and
rushing out of their wigwams.
"We have not seen your child! What has happened?" queried the
With great tears in her eyes the mother told her story.
"We will search with you," they said to her as she started