|The first excerpt represents the past or something you must release, and is drawn from The Hunting of the Snark by Lewis Carroll:
But the principal failing occurred in the sailing,
And the Bellman, perplexed and distressed,
Said he had hoped, at least, when the wind blew due East,
That the ship would not travel due West!
But the danger was past--they had landed at last,
With their boxes, portmanteaus, and bags:
Yet at first sight the crew were not pleased with the view,
Which consisted to chasms and crags.
The Bellman perceived that their spirits were low,
And repeated in musical tone
Some jokes he had kept for a season of woe--
The Hunting of the Snark
|The second excerpt represents the present or the deciding factor of the moment, and is drawn from The Lily of the Valley by Honore de Balzac:
Monsieur le comte had gone to Azay in the morning but would soon
return, and that Madame la comtesse was at home. My companion looked
at me. I fairly trembled lest he should decline to see Madame de
Mortsauf in her husband's absence; but he told the man to announce us.
With the eagerness of a child I rushed into the long antechamber which
crosses the whole house.
"Come in, gentlemen," said a golden voice.
Though Madame de Mortsauf had spoken only one word at the ball, I
recognized her voice, which entered my soul and filled it as a ray of
sunshine fills and gilds a prisoner's dungeon. Thinking, suddenly,
that she might remember my face, my first impulse was to fly; but it
The Lily of the Valley
|The third excerpt represents the future or something you must embrace, and is drawn from Resurrection by Leo Tolstoy:
At the very door stood a young man in a rubber jacket, who seemed
more concerned about the impression he produced on the onlooker
than about what he was saying. Nekhludoff, sitting by the
inspector's side, looked round with strained curiosity. A little
boy with closely-cropped hair came up to him and addressed him in
a thin little voice.
"And whom are you waiting for?"
Nekhludoff was surprised at the question, but looking at the boy,
and seeing the serious little face with its bright, attentive
eyes fixed on him, answered him seriously that he was waiting for
a woman of his acquaintance.