|The first excerpt represents the past or something you must release, and is drawn from The Country of the Pointed Firs by Sarah Orne Jewett:
stopped her. She even gave that quick reassuring nod of her head
which was usually made to answer for a bow, but I discovered that
she was looking eagerly at a tall ash-tree that grew just inside
the field fence.
"I thought 'twas goin' to do well," she said complacently as
we went on again. "Last time I was up this way that tree was kind
of drooping and discouraged. Grown trees act that way sometimes,
same's folks; then they'll put right to it and strike their roots
off into new ground and start all over again with real good
courage. Ash-trees is very likely to have poor spells; they ain't
got the resolution of other trees."
|The second excerpt represents the present or the deciding factor of the moment, and is drawn from Ion by Plato:
does he not speak of human society and of intercourse of men, good and bad,
skilled and unskilled, and of the gods conversing with one another and with
mankind, and about what happens in heaven and in the world below, and the
generations of gods and heroes? Are not these the themes of which Homer
ION: Very true, Socrates.
SOCRATES: And do not the other poets sing of the same?
ION: Yes, Socrates; but not in the same way as Homer.
SOCRATES: What, in a worse way?
ION: Yes, in a far worse.
SOCRATES: And Homer in a better way?
|The third excerpt represents the future or something you must embrace, and is drawn from Robinson Crusoe by Daniel Defoe:
make me any amends, because you may not be convinced of the truth
of it. I will make an offer to you: I have nineteen months' pay
due to me on board the ship -, which I came out of England in; and
the Dutchman that is with me has seven months' pay due to him. If
you will make good our pay to us we will go along with you; if you
find nothing more in it we will desire no more; but if we do
convince you that we have saved your lives, and the ship, and the
lives of all the men in her, we will leave the rest to you."
I consented to this readily, and went immediately on board, and the
two men with me. As soon as I came to the ship's side, my partner,
who was on board, came out on the quarter-deck, and called to me,