|The first excerpt represents the past or something you must release, and is drawn from Some Reminiscences by Joseph Conrad:
with the utmost deliberation. It testified to his indignation at
the loss of so many thousands of lives. But his phlegmatic
physiognomy lighted up when he spoke of his only wound, with
something resembling satisfaction. You will see that there was
some reason for it when you learn that he was wounded in the
heel. "Like his Majesty the Emperor Napoleon himself," he
reminded his hearers with assumed indifference. There can be no
doubt that the indifference was assumed, if one thinks what very
distinguished sort of wound it was. In all the history of
warfare there are, I believe, only three warriors publicly known
to have been wounded in the heel--Achilles and Napoleon--demi-
|The second excerpt represents the present or the deciding factor of the moment, and is drawn from Phaedrus by Plato:
desires above all things to deprive his beloved of his dearest and best and
holiest possessions, father, mother, kindred, friends, of all whom he
thinks may be hinderers or reprovers of their most sweet converse; he will
even cast a jealous eye upon his gold and silver or other property, because
these make him a less easy prey, and when caught less manageable; hence he
is of necessity displeased at his possession of them and rejoices at their
loss; and he would like him to be wifeless, childless, homeless, as well;
and the longer the better, for the longer he is all this, the longer he
will enjoy him.
There are some sort of animals, such as flatterers, who are dangerous and
mischievous enough, and yet nature has mingled a temporary pleasure and
|The third excerpt represents the future or something you must embrace, and is drawn from The Wrong Box by Stevenson & Osbourne:
The colour came into Morris's cheeks. He saw that he must win his
brother at any cost.
'You must please remember, Johnny,' he said, 'the amount of the
tontine. If I succeed, we shall have each fifty thousand to place
to our bank account; ay, and nearer sixty.'
'But if you fail,' returned John, 'what then? What'll be the
colour of our bank account in that case?'
'I will pay all expenses,' said Morris, with an inward struggle;
'you shall lose nothing.'
'Well,' said John, with a laugh, 'if the ex-s are yours, and