|The first excerpt represents the past or something you must release, and is drawn from When a Man Marries by Mary Roberts Rinehart:
forget to stop in time, Flannigan. I don't want to melt away like
He was cheered, however, by the promise of reduction.
"What do you think of that, Kit?" he called to me. "Your uncle is
going to look as angular as a problem in geometry. I'll--I'll be
the original reductio ad absurdum. Do you want me to stand on my
head, Flannigan? Wouldn't that reduce something?"
"Your brains, sir," Flannigan retorted gravely, and presented a
pair of boxing gloves. Jim visibly quailed, but he put them on.
"Do you know, Flannigan," he remarked, as he fastened them, "I'm
thinking of wearing these all the time. They hide my character."
|The second excerpt represents the present or the deciding factor of the moment, and is drawn from The Forged Coupon by Leo Tolstoy:
lieve either in your hopes or in your illusions.'"
And after thus exercising his imagination, Prince
Andre still casts backward glances as he passes by,
"but the oak maintained its obstinate and sullen
immovability in the midst of the flowers and grass
growing at its feet. 'Yes, that oak is right, right
a thousand times over. One must leave illusions
to youth. But the rest of us know what life is
worth; it has nothing left to offer us.'"
Six weeks later he returns homeward the same
way, roused from his melancholy torpor by his
The Forged Coupon
|The third excerpt represents the future or something you must embrace, and is drawn from Inaugural Address by John F. Kennedy:
JFK's Inaugural Address, January 20, 1961, 12:11 EST
We observe today not a victory of party but a celebration of freedom. . .
symbolizing an end as well as a beginning. . .signifying renewal
as well as change for I have sworn before you and Almighty God
the same solemn oath our forbears prescribed nearly a century
and three-quarters ago.
The world is very different now, for man holds in his mortal hands
the power to abolish all forms of human poverty and all forms of human life.
And yet the same revolutionary beliefs for which our forbears fought
are still at issue around the globe. . .the belief that the rights of man
come not from the generosity of the state but from the hand of God.