|The first excerpt represents the past or something you must release, and is drawn from The Gentle Grafter by O. Henry:
turns up the lids of his eyes and looks close that the pupils of 'em.
"'How long have you been sick?' I asked.
"'I was taken down--ow-ouch--last night,' says the Mayor. 'Gimme
something for it, doc, won't you?'
"'Mr. Fiddle,' says I, 'raise the window shade a bit, will you?'
"'Biddle,' says the young man. 'Do you feel like you could eat some
ham and eggs, Uncle James?'
"'Mr. Mayor,' says I, after laying my ear to his right shoulder blade
and listening, 'you've got a bad attack of super-inflammation of the
right clavicle of the harpsichord!'
"'Good Lord!' says he, with a groan, 'Can't you rub something on it,
|The second excerpt represents the present or the deciding factor of the moment, and is drawn from Records of a Family of Engineers by Robert Louis Stevenson:
[Tuesday, 5th June]
As the lighthouse advanced in height, the cubical
contents of the stones were less, but they had to be raised to
a greater height; and the walls, being thinner, were less
commodious for the necessary machinery and the artificers
employed, which considerably retarded the work. Inconvenience
was also occasionally experienced from the men dropping their
coats, hats, mallets, and other tools, at high-water, which
were carried away by the tide; and the danger to the people
themselves was now greatly increased. Had any of them fallen
|The third excerpt represents the future or something you must embrace, and is drawn from Dream Life and Real Life by Olive Schreiner:
muddy water. She listened and smiled, and pressed closer to the rock that
took care of her. She pressed the palm of her hand against it. When you
have no one to love you, you love the dumb things very much. When the sun
set, it cleared up. Then the little girl ate some kippersol, and lay down
again to sleep. She thought there was nothing so nice as to sleep. When
one has had no food but kippersol juice for two days, one doesn't feel
"It is so nice here," she thought as she went to sleep, "I will stay here
Afterwards the moon rose. The sky was very clear now, there was not a
cloud anywhere; and the moon shone in through the bushes in the door, and