|The first excerpt represents the past or something you must release, and is drawn from Letters of Two Brides by Honore de Balzac:
interrupted by the babies and by Armand, who keeps saying, "Godmother,
godmother! I want to see her," till I am almost jealous. He might be
THE BARONNE DE MACUMER TO THE COMTESSE DE L'ESTORADE
October 15, 1833.
Yes, Renee, it is quite true; you have been correctly informed. I have
sold my house, I have sold Chantepleurs, and the farms in Seine-et-
Marne, but no more, please! I am neither mad nor ruined, I assure you.
Let us go into the matter. When everything was wound up, there
|The second excerpt represents the present or the deciding factor of the moment, and is drawn from The Breaking Point by Mary Roberts Rinehart:
slid cautiously off the bed and went to the light switch, standing
with a hand on it, and waited. The wild thought that it might be
Livingstone was uppermost in his mind, and when the door creaked
open and closed again, that was the word he breathed into the
"No," said a woman's voice in a whisper. "It's the maid, Hattie.
Be careful. There's a guard at the top of the stairs."
He heard her moving to his outer door, and he knew that she stood
there, listening, her head against the panel. When she was
satisfied she slipped, with the swiftness of familiarity with her
surroundings, to the stand beside his bed, and turned on the lamp.
The Breaking Point
|The third excerpt represents the future or something you must embrace, and is drawn from Buttered Side Down by Edna Ferber:
THE MAN WHO CAME BACK
There are two ways of doing battle against Disgrace. You may live
it down; or you may run away from it and hide. The first method is
heart-breaking, but sure. The second cannot be relied upon because
of the uncomfortable way Disgrace has of turning up at your heels
just when you think you have eluded her in the last town but one.
Ted Terrill did not choose the first method. He had it thrust
upon him. After Ted had served his term he came back home to visit
his mother's grave, intending to take the next train out. He wore
none of the prison pallor that you read about in books, because he
Buttered Side Down