|The first excerpt represents the past or something you must release, and is drawn from Records of a Family of Engineers by Robert Louis Stevenson:
unfond of hard work that I fear he could do ill to keep
himself in water by going to the other side for it.' - `With
regard to spirits, Charles, I see very little occasion for
it.' These abrupt apostrophes sound to me like the voice of
an awakened conscience; but they would seem to have
reverberated in vain in the ears of Charles. There was
trouble in Pladda, his scene of operations; his men ran away
from him, there was at least a talk of calling in the Sheriff.
`I fear,' writes my grandfather, `you have been too indulgent,
and I am sorry to add that men do not answer to be too well
treated, a circumstance which I have experienced, and which
|The second excerpt represents the present or the deciding factor of the moment, and is drawn from The Wizard of Oz by L. Frank Baum:
upon his pole in the middle of the water, looking very lonely and sad.
"What can we do to save him?" asked Dorothy.
The Lion and the Woodman both shook their heads, for they did
not know. So they sat down upon the bank and gazed wistfully at
the Scarecrow until a Stork flew by, who, upon seeing them,
stopped to rest at the water's edge.
"Who are you and where are you going?" asked the Stork.
"I am Dorothy," answered the girl, "and these are my friends,
the Tin Woodman and the Cowardly Lion; and we are going to the
"This isn't the road," said the Stork, as she twisted her long
The Wizard of Oz
|The third excerpt represents the future or something you must embrace, and is drawn from The Deserted Woman by Honore de Balzac:
complete stranger? And Gaston had little self-confidence. Like most
young persons with a plentiful crop of illusions still standing, he
dreaded the mortifying contempt of silence more than death itself, and
shuddered at the thought of sending his first tender epistle forth to
face so many chances of being thrown on the fire. He was distracted by
innumerable conflicting ideas. But by dint of inventing chimeras,
weaving romances, and cudgeling his brains, he hit at last upon one of
the hopeful stratagems that are sure to occur to your mind if you
persevere long enough, a stratagem which must make clear to the most
inexperienced woman that here was a man who took a fervent interest in
her. The caprice of social conventions puts as many barriers between