|The first excerpt represents the past or something you must release, and is drawn from Memories and Portraits by Robert Louis Stevenson:
person, most serene and genial by disposition; full of racy words
and quaint thoughts. Laughter attended on his coming. He had the
air of a great gentleman, jovial and royal with his equals, and to
the poorest student gentle and attentive. Power seemed to reside
in him exhaustless; we saw him stoop to play with us, but held him
marked for higher destinies; we loved his notice; and I have rarely
had my pride more gratified than when he sat at my father's table,
my acknowledged friend. So he walked among us, both hands full of
gifts, carrying with nonchalance the seeds of a most influential
The powers and the ground of friendship is a mystery; but, looking
|The second excerpt represents the present or the deciding factor of the moment, and is drawn from The Life and Adventures of Santa Claus by L. Frank Baum:
was strong enough to be safely handled.
Claus now painted the nymph with great care in the likeness of Necile,
giving it deep-blue eyes, white teeth, rosy lips and ruddy-brown hair.
The gown he colored oak-leaf green, and when the paint was dry Claus
himself was charmed with the new toy. Of course it was not nearly so
lovely as the real Necile; but, considering the material of which it
was made, Claus thought it was very beautiful.
When Bessie, riding upon her white palfrey, came to his dwelling next
day, Claus presented her with the new toy. The little girl's eyes
were brighter than ever as she examined the pretty image, and she
loved it at once, and held it close to her breast, as a mother does to
The Life and Adventures of Santa Claus
|The third excerpt represents the future or something you must embrace, and is drawn from Desert Gold by Zane Grey:
of huge dusty spurs, a gun belt with sheath and gun, and a pair
of leather chaps bristling with broken cactus thorns recalled to
Dick the cowboys, the ride, Mercedes, and the whole strange adventure
that had brought him there.
He did not recollect having removed his boots; indeed, upon second
thought, he knew he had not done so. But there they stood upon
the floor. Ladd and Lash must have taken them off when he was so
exhausted and sleepy that he could not tell what was happening.
He felt a dead weight of complete lassitude, and he did not want to
move. A sudden pain in his hand caused him to hold it up. It was
black and blue, swollen to almost twice its normal size, and stiff