|The first excerpt represents the past or something you must release, and is drawn from Just Folks by Edgar A. Guest:
An' out o' yer breast flies a weight o' care,
An' ye're lifted up by some magic spell,
An' yer heart jes' naturally beats a prayer
O' joy to the Lord 'cause she's gittin' well.
I've' felt some little thrills of pride, I've inwardly rejoiced
Along the pleasant lanes of life to hear my praises voiced;
No great distinction have I claimed, but in a humble way
Some satisfactions sweet have come to brighten many a day;
But of the joyous thrills of life the finest that could be
Was mine upon that day when first a stranger "mistered" me.
|The second excerpt represents the present or the deciding factor of the moment, and is drawn from Pierrette by Honore de Balzac:
"A serenade!" exclaimed Pierrette.
"A serenade!" said Sylvie, mimicking her; "and you've a lover, too."
"What is a lover, cousin?"
Sylvie avoided answering, and said:--
"Do you dare to tell me, mademoiselle, that a man did not come under
your window and talk to you of marriage?"
Persecution had taught Pierrette the wariness of slaves; so she
"I don't know what you mean,--"
"Who means?--your dog?" said Sylvie, sharply.
"I should have said 'cousin,'" replied the girl, humbly.
|The third excerpt represents the future or something you must embrace, and is drawn from Burning Daylight by Jack London:
"Don't talk to me about morality and civic duty," he replied to a
persistent interviewer. "If you quit your job tomorrow and went
to work on another paper, you would write just what you were told
to write. It's morality and civic duty now with you; on the new
job it would be backing up a thieving railroad with... morality
and civic duty, I suppose. Your price, my son, is just about
thirty per week. That's what you sell for. But your paper would
sell for a bit more. Pay its price to-day, and it would shift
its present rotten policy to some other rotten policy; but it
would never let up on morality and civic duty.
"And all because a sucker is born every minute. So long as the