|The first excerpt represents the past or something you must release, and is drawn from Fairy Tales by Hans Christian Andersen:
In Roeskilde, too, the members of the Danish Diet assemble.
Again all suddenly disappeared. Yes, and whither? It seemed to him just as if
one turned over a leaf in a book. And now stood there an old peasant-woman,
who came from Soroe,* where grass grows in the market-place. She had an old
grey linen apron hanging over her head and back: it was so wet, it certainly
must have been raining. "Yes, that it has," said she; and she now related many
pretty things out of Holberg's comedies, and about Waldemar and Absalon; but
all at once she cowered together, and her head began shaking backwards and
forwards, and she looked as she were going to make a spring. "Croak! croak!"
said she. "It is wet, it is wet; there is such a pleasant deathlike stillness
in Sorbe!" She was now suddenly a frog, "Croak"; and now she was an old woman.
|The second excerpt represents the present or the deciding factor of the moment, and is drawn from The Large Catechism by Dr. Martin Luther:
should do if we wish to perform truly good works, and by commanding
them, He shows that they please Him. If, then, it is God who commands
this, and who knows not how to appoint anything better, I will never
improve upon it."
Behold, in this manner we would have had a godly child properly
taught, reared in true blessedness, and kept at home in obedience to
his parents and in their service, so that men should have had blessing
and joy from the spectacle. However, God's commandment was not
permitted to be thus [with such care and diligence] commended, but had
to be neglected and trampled under foot, so that a child could not lay
it to heart, and meanwhile gaped [like a panting wolf] at the devices
|The third excerpt represents the future or something you must embrace, and is drawn from Records of a Family of Engineers by Robert Louis Stevenson:
the direction of Mr. Dove, assisted in the plumber-work by Mr.
John Gibson, and in the brazier-work by Mr. Joseph Fraser;
while Mr. James Slight, with the joiners, were fitting up the
storm-shuttters of the windows. In these several departments
the artificers were at work till seven o'clock p.m., and it
being then dark, Mr. Dove gave orders to drop work in the
light-room; and all hands proceeded from thence to the beacon-
house, when Charles Henderson, smith, and Henry Dickson,
brazier, left the work together. Being both young men, who
had been for several weeks upon the rock, they had become
familiar, and even playful, on the most difficult parts about