|The first excerpt represents the past or something you must release, and is drawn from The Mirror of the Sea by Joseph Conrad:
to a ship brought-to in order to ride out a gale with wave after
wave passing under her breast. I could see her resting in the
tumult of the elements like a sea-bird sleeping in wild weather
upon the raging waters with its head tucked under its wing. In
imaginative precision, in true feeling, this is one of the most
expressive sentences I have ever heard on human lips. But as to
taking the foresail off that ship before we put her head under her
wing, I had my grave doubts. They were justified. That long
enduring piece of canvas was confiscated by the arbitrary decree of
the West Wind, to whom belong the lives of men and the contrivances
of their hands within the limits of his kingdom. With the sound of
The Mirror of the Sea
|The second excerpt represents the present or the deciding factor of the moment, and is drawn from All's Well That Ends Well by William Shakespeare:
Then here's a man stands that has bought his pardon.
I would you had kneel'd, my lord, to ask me mercy;
And that at my bidding you could so stand up.
I would I had; so I had broke thy pate,
And ask'd thee mercy for't.
Good faith, across;
But, my good lord, 'tis thus: will you be cured
Of your infirmity?
|The third excerpt represents the future or something you must embrace, and is drawn from Barlaam and Ioasaph by St. John of Damascus:
without flesh and body. In prayer and mental exercise his work
was unceasing, and all the time of his life was spent in
spiritual and heavenly contemplation, so that not an hour, nor
even a single moment was wasted, from the day that he came to
dwell in the desert. For this is the end of monastic life, never
to be found idle in spiritual employment: and well herein did
this noble and active runner of the heavenly race order his way.
And he kept his ardour unquenched from beginning to end, ever
ascending in his heart, and going from strength to strength, and
continually adding desire to desire, and zeal to zeal, until he
arrived at the bliss that he had hoped and longed for.