|The first excerpt represents the past or something you must release, and is drawn from The Man that Corrupted Hadleyburg by Mark Twain:
-vague, shadowy, indefinite fears. And by chance they caught a
glimpse of Mr. Burgess as he turned a corner. He paid no attention
to their nod of recognition! He hadn't seen it; but they did not
know that. What could his conduct mean? It might mean--it might--
mean--oh, a dozen dreadful things. Was it possible that he knew
that Richards could have cleared him of guilt in that bygone time,
and had been silently waiting for a chance to even up accounts? At
home, in their distress they got to imagining that their servant
might have been in the next room listening when Richards revealed
the secret to his wife that he knew of Burgess's innocence; next
Richards began to imagine that he had heard the swish of a gown in
The Man that Corrupted Hadleyburg
|The second excerpt represents the present or the deciding factor of the moment, and is drawn from A Heap O' Livin' by Edgar A. Guest:
Shall come dishonor's stain.
If that flag be
Have done it, not the foe;
If it shall fall
We first of all
Shall be to strike a blow.
Cheek that is tanned to the wind of the north.
Body that jests at the bite of the cold,
Limbs that are eager and strong to go forth
A Heap O' Livin'
|The third excerpt represents the future or something you must embrace, and is drawn from The Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin by Benjamin Franklin:
express'd his approbation of the plan, "as appearing to him
to be drawn up with great clearness and strength of judgment,
and therefore recommended it as well worthy of their closest and
most serious attention." The House, however, by the management
of a certain member, took it up when I happen'd to be absent,
which I thought not very fair, and reprobated it without paying
any attention to it at all, to my no small mortification.
In my journey to Boston this year, I met at New York with our
new governor, Mr. Morris, just arriv'd there from England, with whom
I had been before intimately acquainted. He brought a commission
to supersede Mr. Hamilton, who, tir'd with the disputes his proprietary
The Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin