|The first excerpt represents the past or something you must release, and is drawn from The Dynamiter by Robert Louis Stevenson and Fanny Van De Grift Stevenson:
in war, that I began to look forward to the perils of our
Before midnight, under an obscure and starless heaven, we had
left far behind us the plantations of the valley, and were
mounting a certain canyon in the hills, narrow, encumbered
with great rocks, and echoing with the roar of a tumultuous
torrent. Cascade after cascade thundered and hung up its
flag of whiteness in the night, or fanned our faces with the
wet wind of its descent. The trail was breakneck, and led to
famine-guarded deserts; it had been long since deserted for
more practicable routes; and it was now a part of the world
|The second excerpt represents the present or the deciding factor of the moment, and is drawn from Prufrock/Other Observations by T. S. Eliot:
The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock
Portrait of a Lady
Rhapsody on a Windy Night
Morning at the Window
The Boston Evening Transcript
|The third excerpt represents the future or something you must embrace, and is drawn from The Riverman by Stewart Edward White:
did not return.
Among the revellers was the cook, Charlie, commonly called The
Doctor. The rivermen early worked off the effects of their rather
wild spree, and turned up at noon chipper as larks. Not so the
cook. He moped about disconsolately all day; and in the evening,
after his work had been finished, he looked so much like a chicken
with the pip that Orde's attention was attracted.
"Got that dark-brown taste, Charlie?" he inquired with mock
The cook mournfully shook his head.
"Large head? Let's feel your pulse. Stick out your tongue, sonny."