|The first excerpt represents the past or something you must release, and is drawn from The Lesser Bourgeoisie by Honore de Balzac:
contemptuously into a basket, whence they issued in a mass for a
burning. But to one of them the great man evidently gave some
particular attention; as he read it a smile flickered on his lips, and
when he had finished, instead of adding it to the pile in the basket,
he gave it to la Peyrade.
"Here," he said, "here's something that concerns you; it shows that in
our profession, which just now seems to you unpleasantly serious, we
do occasionally meet with comedies. Read it aloud; it will cheer me
Before la Peyrade began to read, Corentin added:--
"I ought to tell you that the report is from a man called Henri, whom
|The second excerpt represents the present or the deciding factor of the moment, and is drawn from The Art of War by Sun Tzu:
tendering a bait.
21. Movement amongst the trees of a forest shows that the
enemy is advancing.
[Ts`ao Kung explains this as "felling trees to clear a
passage," and Chang Yu says: "Every man sends out scouts to
climb high places and observe the enemy. If a scout sees that
the trees of a forest are moving and shaking, he may know that
they are being cut down to clear a passage for the enemy's
The appearance of a number of screens in the midst of thick grass
means that the enemy wants to make us suspicious.
The Art of War
|The third excerpt represents the future or something you must embrace, and is drawn from The Rescue by Joseph Conrad:
recross the water of oblivion to step back into the life of men.
For two years, Lingard, who had thrown himself body and soul into
the great enterprise, had lived in the long intoxication of
slowly preparing success. No thought of failure had crossed his
mind, and no price appeared too heavy to pay for such a
magnificent achievement. It was nothing less than bringing Hassim
triumphantly back to that country seen once at night under the
low clouds and in the incessant tumult of thunder. When at the
conclusion of some long talk with Hassim, who for the twentieth
time perhaps had related the story of his wrongs and his