|The first excerpt represents the past or something you must release, and is drawn from The Altar of the Dead by Henry James:
time he gave to his devotion came to seem to him more a
contribution to his other interests than a betrayal of them. Even
a loaded life might be easier when one had added a new necessity to
How much easier was probably never guessed by those who simply knew
there were hours when he disappeared and for many of whom there was
a vulgar reading of what they used to call his plunges. These
plunges were into depths quieter than the deep sea-caves, and the
habit had at the end of a year or two become the one it would have
cost him most to relinquish. Now they had really, his Dead,
something that was indefensibly theirs; and he liked to think that
|The second excerpt represents the present or the deciding factor of the moment, and is drawn from Helen of Troy And Other Poems by Sara Teasdale:
Look up and see.
I only see your face.
(She touches his hair with her hands. Murmuring under the tower.)
Why came we here in all the noon-day light
With only darting swallows over us
To make a speck of darkness on the sun?
Let us go down where walls will shut us round.
Your castle has a hundred quiet halls,
A hundred chambers, where the shadows lie
|The third excerpt represents the future or something you must embrace, and is drawn from The Call of the Canyon by Zane Grey:
thought before. Rest was more than selfish indulgence. Loneliness was
necessary to gain consciousness of the soul. Already far back in the past
seemed Carley's other life.
By and by the dead stillness awoke to faint sounds not before perceptible
to her--a low, mournful sough of the wind in the cedars, then the faint
far-distant note of a coyote, sad as the night and infinitely wild.
Days passed. Carley worked in the mornings with her hands and her brains.
In the afternoons she rode and walked and climbed with a double object, to
work herself into fit physical condition and to explore every nook and
corner of her six hundred and forty acres.
Then what she had expected and deliberately induced by her efforts quickly
The Call of the Canyon