|The first excerpt represents the past or something you must release, and is drawn from Roads of Destiny by O. Henry:
had come back all right. I led her under a cocoanut palm and put my
old verbal spell on her again.
"'Judson,' says she, 'when you are talking to me I can hear nothing
else--I can see nothing else--there is nothing and nobody else in the
world for me.'
"Well, that's about all of the story. Anabela went back to Oratama in
the steamer with me. I never heard what became of Fergus. I never saw
him any more. Anabela is now Mrs. Judson Tate. Has my story bored you
"No," said I. "I am always interested in psychological studies. A
human heart--and especially a woman's--is a wonderful thing to
|The second excerpt represents the present or the deciding factor of the moment, and is drawn from Flame and Shadow by Sara Teasdale:
Twittering a low drowsy word --
And me you shelter, even me.
In your quietness you house
The wind, the woman and the bird.
You speak to me and I have heard:
If I am peaceful, I shall see
Beauty's face continually;
Feeding on her wine and bread
I shall be wholly comforted,
For she can make one day for me
Rich as my lost eternity.
|The third excerpt represents the future or something you must embrace, and is drawn from Memoir of Fleeming Jenkin by Robert Louis Stevenson:
he fell - and he was sharply conscious of the fall - to the dim
skies and the foul ways of Manchester. England he found on his
return 'a horrid place,' and there is no doubt the family found it
a dear one. The story of the Jenkin finances is not easy to
follow. The family, I am told, did not practice frugality, only
lamented that it should be needful; and Mrs. Jenkin, who was always
complaining of 'those dreadful bills,' was 'always a good deal
dressed.' But at this time of the return to England, things must
have gone further. A holiday tour of a fortnight, Fleeming feared
would be beyond what he could afford, and he only projected it 'to
have a castle in the air.' And there were actual pinches. Fresh