|The first excerpt represents the past or something you must release, and is drawn from The Koran:
and gives alms; and those who are sure of their covenant when they
make a covenant; and the patient in poverty, and distress, and in time
of violence; these are they who are true, and these are those who
O ye who believe! Retaliation is prescribed for you for the slain:
the free for the free, the slave for the slave, the female for the
female; yet he who is pardoned at all by his brother, must be
prosecuted in reason, and made to pay with kindness.
That is an alleviation from your Lord, and a mercy; and he who
transgresses after that for him is grievous woe.
For you in retaliation is there life, O ye possessors of minds! it
|The second excerpt represents the present or the deciding factor of the moment, and is drawn from The Garden Party by Katherine Mansfield:
along the beach with a joyful sound. What a beauty! And now there came
another. That was the way to live--carelessly, recklessly, spending
oneself. He got on to his feet and began to wade towards the shore,
pressing his toes into the firm, wrinkled sand. To take things easy, not
to fight against the ebb and flow of life, but to give way to it--that was
what was needed. It was this tension that was all wrong. To live--to
live! And the perfect morning, so fresh and fair, basking in the light, as
though laughing at its own beauty, seemed to whisper, "Why not?"
But now he was out of the water Jonathan turned blue with cold. He ached
all over; it was as though some one was wringing the blood out of him. And
stalking up the beach, shivering, all his muscles tight, he too felt his
|The third excerpt represents the future or something you must embrace, and is drawn from The Cruise of the Jasper B. by Don Marquis:
are capable of what you are doing?"
"I?" said Cleggett, surprised. "I have done nothing."
"You have found a woman in a strange position--an unusual
position, indeed!--and you have helped her without persecuting
her with questions."
"It is nothing," murmured Cleggett.
"Would you think me too impulsive," she said, with a rare smile,
"if I told you that you are the sort of man whom women are ready
to trust implicitly almost at first sight?"
Cleggett did not permit himself to speak for fear that the thrill
which her words imparted to him would carry him too far. He