|The first excerpt represents the past or something you must release, and is drawn from Riders of the Purple Sage by Zane Grey:
last thing I do on earth!"
Another day went by, in which he worked less and pondered more
and all the time covertly watched Bess. Her wistfulness had
deepened into downright unhappiness, and that made his task to
tell her all the harder. He kept the secret another day, hoping
by some chance she might grow less moody, and to his exceeding
anxiety she fell into far deeper gloom. Out of his own secret and
the torment of it he divined that she, too, had a secret and the
keeping of it was torturing her. As yet he had no plan thought
out in regard to how or when to leave the valley, but he decided
to tell her the necessity of it and to persuade her to go.
Riders of the Purple Sage
|The second excerpt represents the present or the deciding factor of the moment, and is drawn from On the Duty of Civil Disobedience by Henry David Thoreau:
was to see my native village in the light of the Middle
Ages, and our Concord was turned into a Rhine stream, and
visions of knights and castles passed before me. They were
the voices of old burghers that I heard in the streets. I
was an involuntary spectator and auditor of whatever was
done and said in the kitchen of the adjacent village inn--a
wholly new and rare experience to me. It was a closer view
of my native town. I was fairly inside of it. I never had
seen its institutions before. This is one of its peculiar
institutions; for it is a shire town. I began to comprehend
what its inhabitants were about.
On the Duty of Civil Disobedience
|The third excerpt represents the future or something you must embrace, and is drawn from The Schoolmistress and Other Stories by Anton Chekhov:
doctor or a sorcerer, he will drive to fetch him. A terrible lot
of money he spent on doctors, and to my thinking he had better
have spent the money on drink. . . . She'll die just the same.
She is certain to die, and then it will be all over with him.
He'll hang himself from grief or run away to Russia -- that's a
sure thing. He'll run away and they'll catch him, then he will be
tried, sent to prison, he will have a taste of the lash. . . ."
"Good! good!" said the Tatar, shivering with cold.
"What is good?" asked Canny.
"His wife, his daughter. . . . What of prison and what of sorrow!
-- anyway, he did see his wife and his daughter. . . . You say,
The Schoolmistress and Other Stories