|The first excerpt represents the past or something you must release, and is drawn from Manon Lescaut by Abbe Prevost:
future wants, I thought it would be time enough to think about
them when those of the moment were satisfied.
"The main object now was to replenish my purse. M. de T---- had
once offered me his, but I had an extreme repugnance to mention
the subject to him again. What a degradation to expose one's
misery to a stranger, and to ask for charity: it must be either a
man of low mind who would thus demean himself, and that from a
baseness which must render him insensible to the degradation, or
a humble Christian, from a consciousness of generosity in
himself, which must put him above the sense of shame. I would
have sacrificed half my life to be spared the humiliation.
|The second excerpt represents the present or the deciding factor of the moment, and is drawn from Thuvia, Maid of Mars by Edgar Rice Burroughs:
of such a battle. Four jeddaks were in direct command
of their own fleets--Kulan Tith of Kaol, Thuvan Dihn of
Ptarth, and Nutus of Dusar upon one side; while upon
the other was Tardos Mors, Jeddak of Helium. With the
latter was John Carter, Warlord of Mars.
From the far north another force was moving south
across the barrier cliffs--the new navy of Talu, Jeddak of
Okar, coming in response to the call from the warlord.
Upon the decks of the sullen ships of war black-bearded
yellow men looked over eagerly toward the south. Gorgeous
were they in their splendid cloaks of orluk and apt.
Thuvia, Maid of Mars
|The third excerpt represents the future or something you must embrace, and is drawn from The Battle of the Books by Jonathan Swift:
STELLA'S BIRTHDAY, MARCH 13, 1726.
THIS day, whate'er the Fates decree,
Shall still be kept with joy by me;
This day, then, let us not be told
That you are sick, and I grown old,
Nor think on our approaching ills,
And talk of spectacles and pills;
To-morrow will be time enough
To hear such mortifying stuff.
Yet, since from reason may be brought
A better and more pleasing thought,