|The first excerpt represents the past or something you must release, and is drawn from Moll Flanders by Daniel Defoe:
misfortunes had been such as were sufficient to reconcile us
both to quitting this part of the world, and living where
nobody could upbraid us with what was past, or we be in any
dread of a prison, and without agonies of a condemned hole
to drive us to it; this where we should look back on all our
past disasters with infinite satisfaction, when we should
consider that our enemies should entirely forget us, and that
we should live as new people in a new world, nobody having
anything to say to us, or we to them.
I pressed this home to him with so many arguments, and
answered all his own passionate objections so effectually that
|The second excerpt represents the present or the deciding factor of the moment, and is drawn from The Rig Veda:
2 Wait, Maruts, Heroes, upon him the Prosperer in whom is
Who in fights ever conquer evil-hearted men, who overcome the
3 As such, O Agni, deal us wealth and hero might, O Bounteous
Most lofty, very glorious, rich in progeny, free from disease
4 He who made all that lives, who passes all in might, who
The Rig Veda
|The third excerpt represents the future or something you must embrace, and is drawn from Collected Articles by Frederick Douglass:
but he seemed well pleased with our thanks.
Mr. Ruggles was the first officer on the "Underground Railroad"
whom I met after coming North, and was, indeed, the only one with whom
I had anything to do till I became such an officer myself.
Learning that my trade was that of a calker, he promptly decided
that the best place for me was in New Bedford, Mass.
He told me that many ships for whaling voyages were fitted out there,
and that I might there find work at my trade and make a good living.
So, on the day of the marriage ceremony, we took our little luggage
to the steamer John W. Richmond, which, at that time, was one of the line
running between New York and Newport, R. I. Forty-three years ago