|The first excerpt represents the past or something you must release, and is drawn from The Forged Coupon by Leo Tolstoy:
understand my saying that I got more of Tolstoy's
philosophy from our conversations than I had
gotten from our books." (Quoted by Aylmer
Maude in his "Life of Tolstoy.")
As frequently happens in the lives of reformers,
Tolstoy found himself more often in affinity with
strangers than with his own kin. The estrange-
ment of his ideals from those of his wife neces-
sarily affected their conjugal relations, and the
decline of mutual sympathy inevitably induced
physical alienation. The stress of mental anguish
The Forged Coupon
|The second excerpt represents the present or the deciding factor of the moment, and is drawn from Out of Time's Abyss by Edgar Rice Burroughs:
"If they come close enough," she said, "we can see their eyes
shining in the dark--they resemble dull splotches of light.
They glow, but do not blaze like the eyes of the tiger or the lion."
The man could not but note the very evident horror with which she
mentioned the creatures. To him they were uncanny; but she had
been used to them for a year almost, and probably all her life
she had either seen or heard of them constantly.
"Why do you fear them so?" he asked. "It seems more than any
ordinary fear of the harm they can do you."
She tried to explain; but the nearest he could gather was that
she looked upon the Wieroo almost as supernatural beings.
Out of Time's Abyss
|The third excerpt represents the future or something you must embrace, and is drawn from Love Songs by Sara Teasdale:
And the salt waves drank of me,
And I who was fresh as the rainfall
Am bitter as the sea.
The world is tired, the year is old,
The fading leaves are glad to die,
The wind goes shivering with cold
Where the brown reeds are dry.
Our love is dying like the grass,
And we who kissed grow coldly kind,
Half glad to see our old love pass