|The first excerpt represents the past or something you must release, and is drawn from Flower Fables by Louisa May Alcott:
WOULD seek his fortune in the great world, and she feared he would
suffer from his own faults for others would not always be as gentle
and forgiving as his kindred. So the kind little Fairy left her home
and friends to go with him; and thus, side by side, they flew beneath
the bright summer sky.
On and on, over hill and valley, they went, chasing the gay
butterflies, or listening to the bees, as they flew from flower to
flower like busy little housewives, singing as they worked; till
at last they reached a pleasant garden, filled with flowers and green,
"See," cried Thistledown, "what a lovely home is here; let us rest
|The second excerpt represents the present or the deciding factor of the moment, and is drawn from The Young Forester by Zane Grey:
side of a sapling and I on the other, with the result that we were brought
up short. I crashed through some low bushes and bumped squarely into the
cub. Whether it was his frantic effort to escape, or just excitement, or
deliberate intention to beat me into a jelly I had no means to tell. The
fact was he began to dig at me and paw me and maul me. Never had I been so
angry. I began to fight back, to punch and kick him.
Suddenly, with a crashing in the bushes, the cub was hauled away from me,
and then I saw Hiram at the rope.
"Wal, wal!" he ejaculated, "your own mother wouldn't own you now!" Then he
laughed heartily and chuckled to himself, and gave the cub a couple of
jerks that took the mischief out of him. I dragged myself after Hiram into
The Young Forester
|The third excerpt represents the future or something you must embrace, and is drawn from Lysis by Plato:
question: 'Your father and mother of course allow you to drive the
chariot?' 'No they do not.' When Menexenus returns, the serious dialectic
begins. He is described as 'very pugnacious,' and we are thus prepared for
the part which a mere youth takes in a difficult argument. But Plato has
not forgotten dramatic propriety, and Socrates proposes at last to refer
the question to some older person.
SOME QUESTIONS RELATING TO FRIENDSHIP.
The subject of friendship has a lower place in the modern than in the
ancient world, partly because a higher place is assigned by us to love and
marriage. The very meaning of the word has become slighter and more
superficial; it seems almost to be borrowed from the ancients, and has