|The first excerpt represents the past or something you must release, and is drawn from The Koran:
the trunk of the palm tree, it will drop upon thee fresh dates fit
to gather; so eat, and drink, and cheer thine eye; and if thou
shouldst see any mortal say, "Verily, I have vowed to the Merciful One
a fast, and I will not speak to-day with a human being."'
Then she brought it to her people, carrying it; said they, 'O
Mary! thou hast done an extraordinary thing! O sister of Aaron! thy
father was not a bad man, nor was thy mother a harlot!'
And she pointed to him, and they said, 'How are we to speak with one
who is in the cradle a child?' He said, 'Verily, I am a servant of
God; He has brought me the Book, and He has made me a prophet, and
He has made me blessed wherever I be; and He has required of me prayer
|The second excerpt represents the present or the deciding factor of the moment, and is drawn from Dawn O'Hara, The Girl Who Laughed by Edna Ferber:
So it happened that on the afternoon of New Year's
day Von Gerhard and I gravely wished one another many
happy and impossible things for the coming year, looking
fairly and squarely into each other's eyes as we did so.
"So," said Von Gerhard, as one who is satisfied. "The
nerfs are steady to-day. What do you say to a brisk walk
along the lake shore to put us in a New Year frame of
mind, and then a supper down-town somewhere, with a toast
to Max and Norah?"
"You've saved my life! Sit down here in the parlor
and gaze at the crepe-paper oranges while I powder my
|The third excerpt represents the future or something you must embrace, and is drawn from Falk by Joseph Conrad:
the track of the shipping to procure assistance.
She was provisioned with all the food they could
spare for the six who were to go. They waited for
a fine day. It was long in coming. At last one
morning they lowered her into the water.
Directly, in that demoralised crowd, trouble
broke out. Two men who had no business there
had jumped into the boat under the pretence of
unhooking the tackles, while some sort of squabble
arose on the deck amongst these weak, tottering
spectres of a ship's company. The captain, who