|The first excerpt represents the past or something you must release, and is drawn from Resurrection by Leo Tolstoy:
criminal's voices and shouts sounded louder. Nekhludoff made a
face, but Simonson did not seem to take any notice.
"Knowing of your relations to Katerina Maslova," he began
seriously and frankly, with his kind eyes looking straight into
Nekhludoff's face, "I consider it my duty"--He was obliged to
stop because two voices were heard disputing and shouting, both
at once, close to the door.
"I tell you, blockhead, they are not mine," one voice shouted.
"May you choke, you devil," snorted the other.
At this moment Mary Pavlovna came out into the passage.
"How can one talk here?" she said; "go in, Vera is alone there,"
|The second excerpt represents the present or the deciding factor of the moment, and is drawn from The Boys' Life of Abraham Lincoln by Helen Nicolay:
It is doubtful if they ever met, but the destinies of the two
were strangely interwoven, for the older boy was Jefferson Davis,
who became head of the Confederate government shortly after
Lincoln was elected President of the United States.
As Abraham had been only seven years old when he left Kentucky,
the little beginnings he learned in the schools kept by Riney and
Hazel in that State must have been very slight, probably only his
alphabet, or at most only three or four pages of Webster's
"Elementary Spelling-book." The multiplication-table was still a
mystery to him, and he could read or write only the words he
spelled. His first two years in Indiana seem to have passed
|The third excerpt represents the future or something you must embrace, and is drawn from The Large Catechism by Dr. Martin Luther:
just as the Ten Commandments, the Lord's Prayer, and the Creed retain
their nature and worth although you never keep, pray, or believe them,
so also does this venerable Sacrament remain undisturbed, so that
nothing is detracted or taken from it, even though we employ and
dispense it unworthily. What do you think God cares about what we do or
believe, so that on that account He should suffer His ordinance to be
changed? Why, in all worldly matters every thing remains as God has
created and ordered it, no matter how we employ or use it. This must
always be urged, for thereby the prating of nearly all the fanatical
spirits can be repelled. For they regard the Sacraments, aside from the
Word of God, as something that we do.