|The first excerpt represents the past or something you must release, and is drawn from Tarzan the Untamed by Edgar Rice Burroughs:
modic twitches. The girl, who was standing at the entrance of
the alcove, shrank back, her horror reflected in her face. Step
by step she backed across the room, while the crouching
maniac crept stealthily after her with clawlike fingers poised
in anticipation of the moment they should leap forth and
As she passed the body of the Negro, her foot touched some
obstacle at her side, and glancing down she saw the spear with
which Otobu had been supposed to hold the prisoners. In-
stantly she leaned forward and snatched it from the floor
with its sharp point directed at the body of the madman. The
Tarzan the Untamed
|The second excerpt represents the present or the deciding factor of the moment, and is drawn from My Antonia by Willa Cather:
and he said he got his start in life by saving the money
that other young men spent for cigars. He was full of moral
maxims for boys. When he came to our house on business,
he quoted `Poor Richard's Almanack' to me, and told me
he was delighted to find a town boy who could milk a cow.
He was particularly affable to grandmother, and whenever they
met he would begin at once to talk about `the good old times'
and simple living. I detested his pink, bald head,
and his yellow whiskers, always soft and glistening.
It was said he brushed them every night, as a woman does her hair.
His white teeth looked factory-made. His skin was red and rough,
|The third excerpt represents the future or something you must embrace, and is drawn from An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge by Ambrose Bierce:
the same plank, which spanned three of the cross-ties of the
bridge. The end upon which the civilian stood almost, but
not quite, reached a fourth. This plank had been held in
place by the weight of the captain; it was now held by that
of the sergeant. At a signal from the former the latter
would step aside, the plank would tilt and the condemned man
go down between two ties. The arrangement commended itself
to his judgement as simple and effective. His face had not
been covered nor his eyes bandaged. He looked a moment at
his "unsteadfast footing," then let his gaze wander to the
swirling water of the stream racing madly beneath his feet.
An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge