|The first excerpt represents the past or something you must release, and is drawn from The Shadow Line by Joseph Conrad:
they fell, breaking at my feet, not because I threw
them down in my dismay, but slipping through my
fingers as if this disclosure were too much for my
It is a fact that the very greatness of a mental
shock helps one to bear up against it by producing
a sort of temporary insensibility. I came out of
the state-room stunned, as if something heavy had
dropped on my head. From the other side of the
saloon, across the table, Ransome, with a duster in
his hand, stared open-mouthed. I don't think that
The Shadow Line
|The second excerpt represents the present or the deciding factor of the moment, and is drawn from The Forged Coupon by Leo Tolstoy:
different he was to what he wanted to be, and
realised the desire of his heart.
Soon after Lisa's visit he went to live in a sep-
arate cell as a hermit, and for three weeks did not
officiate again in the church of the friary. After
the celebration of the mass, he preached a sermon
denouncing his own sins and those of the world,
and urging all to repent.
From that day he preached every fortnight,
and his sermons attracted increasing audiences.
His fame as a preacher spread abroad. His
The Forged Coupon
|The third excerpt represents the future or something you must embrace, and is drawn from What is Man? by Mark Twain:
his trumpet blast, had stayed away (which he COULDN'T, for he was
the appointed link) Caesar would not have crossed. What would
have happened, in that case, we can never guess. We only know
that the things that did happen would not have happened. They
might have been replaced by equally prodigious things, of course,
but their nature and results are beyond our guessing. But the
matter that interests me personally is that I would not be HERE
now, but somewhere else; and probably black--there is no telling.
Very well, I am glad he crossed. And very really and thankfully
glad, too, though I never cared anything about it before.
What is Man?