|The first excerpt represents the past or something you must release, and is drawn from Gettysburg Address by Abraham Lincoln:
November 22, 1993, on the day of the 30th anniversary
of his assassination.
Lincoln's Gettysburg Address, given November 19, 1863
on the battlefield near Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, USA
Four score and seven years ago, our fathers brought forth
upon this continent a new nation: conceived in liberty, and
dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal.
Now we are engaged in a great civil war. . .testing whether
that nation, or any nation so conceived and so dedicated. . .
can long endure. We are met on a great battlefield of that war.
|The second excerpt represents the present or the deciding factor of the moment, and is drawn from Tristram Shandy by Laurence Sterne:
discontented word--he blamed neither heaven nor earth--or thought or spoke
an injurious thing of any body, or any part of it; he sat solitary and
pensive with his pipe--looking at his lame leg--then whiffing out a
sentimental heigh ho! which mixing with the smoke, incommoded no one
He took it like a lamb--I say.
In truth he had mistook it at first; for having taken a ride with my
father, that very morning, to save if possible a beautiful wood, which the
dean and chapter were hewing down to give to the poor (Mr Shandy must mean
the poor in spirit; inasmuch as they divided the money amongst
themselves.); which said wood being in full view of my uncle Toby's house,
|The third excerpt represents the future or something you must embrace, and is drawn from Captain Stormfield by Mark Twain:
angel by the name of Sandy McWilliams. He was from somewhere in
New Jersey. I went about with him, considerable. We used to lay
around, warm afternoons, in the shade of a rock, on some meadow-
ground that was pretty high and out of the marshy slush of his
cranberry-farm, and there we used to talk about all kinds of
things, and smoke pipes. One day, says I -
"About how old might you be, Sandy?"
"I judged so. How long you been in heaven?"
"Twenty-seven years, come Christmas."
"How old was you when you come up?"