|The first excerpt represents the past or something you must release, and is drawn from One Basket by Edna Ferber:
as Chet Ball's has no meanness in him. A certain daredeviltry
went hand in hand with his work--a calling in which a careless
load dispatcher, a cut wire, or a faulty strap may mean instant
death. Usually the girls laughed and called back to them or went
on more quickly, the color in their cheeks a little higher.
But not Anastasia Rourke. Early the first morning of a two-week
job on the new plant of the Western Castings Company, Chet Ball,
glancing down from his dizzy perch atop an electric-light pole,
espied Miss Anastasia Rourke going to work. He didn't know her
name or anything about her, except that she was pretty. You
could see that from a distance even more remote than Chet's. But
|The second excerpt represents the present or the deciding factor of the moment, and is drawn from The Enchanted Island of Yew by L. Frank Baum:
soldiers of the royal armies to come and aid them. So we are unable
to leave the garden, and presently the army will be here to destroy us."
Then the girl showed her good courage; for she laughed and said:
"Then we must remain here and fight to the last; and if I am unable to
save you, who are my friends, it will be because I can not save myself."
This speech pleased Prince Marvel greatly. He kissed the little
maid's hand respectfully and said:
"Fear nothing, your Highness. My friend and I are not so helpless as
you think. We consider it our privilege to protect and save you,
instead of your saving us; and we are really able to do this in spite
of the other High Ki and her entire army."
The Enchanted Island of Yew
|The third excerpt represents the future or something you must embrace, and is drawn from The Shadow Line by Joseph Conrad:
word from me. And I am shrinking from it. From
the mere vision. My first command. Now I
understand that strange sense of insecurity in my
past. I always suspected that I might be no good.
And here is proof positive. I am shirking it. I
am no good."
At that moment, or, perhaps, the moment after,
I became aware of Ransome standing in the cabin.
Something in his expression startled me. It had a
meaning which I could not make out. I exclaimed:
The Shadow Line