|The first excerpt represents the past or something you must release, and is drawn from War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy:
fortnight before, Natasha had been in a constant state of alarm,
depression, and irritability.
Denisov, now a general on the retired list and much dissatisfied
with the present state of affairs, had arrived during that
fortnight. He looked at Natasha with sorrow and surprise as at a bad
likeness of a person once dear. A dull, dejected look, random replies,
and talk about the nursery was all he saw and heard from his former
Natasha was sad and irritable all that time, especially when her
mother, her brother, Sonya, or Countess Mary in their efforts to
console her tried to excuse Pierre and suggested reasons for his delay
War and Peace
|The second excerpt represents the present or the deciding factor of the moment, and is drawn from Grimm's Fairy Tales by Brothers Grimm:
belong to King Grisly-beard, hadst thou taken him, they had all been
thine.' 'Ah! unlucky wretch that I am!' said she; 'would that I had
married King Grisly-beard!'
Then they came to a great city. 'Whose is this noble city?' said she.
'It belongs to King Grisly-beard; hadst thou taken him, it had all
been thine.' 'Ah! wretch that I am!' sighed she; 'why did I not marry
King Grisly-beard?' 'That is no business of mine,' said the fiddler:
'why should you wish for another husband? Am not I good enough for
At last they came to a small cottage. 'What a paltry place!' said she;
'to whom does that little dirty hole belong?' Then the fiddler said,
Grimm's Fairy Tales
|The third excerpt represents the future or something you must embrace, and is drawn from At the Mountains of Madness by H. P. Lovecraft:
among the Old Ones, there could not but have been a complete cessation
of mural decoration. The ultimate blow, of course, was the coming
of the great cold which once held most of the earth in thrall,
and which has never departed from the ill-fated poles - the great
cold that, at the world’s other extremity, put an end to the fabled
lands of Lomar and Hyperborea.
Just when this tendency began
in the antarctic, it would be hard to say in terms of exact years.
Nowadays we set the beginning of the general glacial periods at
a distance of about five hundred thousand years from the present,
but at the poles the terrible scourge must have commenced much
At the Mountains of Madness