|The first excerpt represents the past or something you must release, and is drawn from Court Life in China by Isaac Taylor Headland:
hundred miles of land and water around Hongkong was no doubt
difficult for Kuang Hsu to understand.
When the Empress Dowager turned over the reins of government to
her nephew she did it very much as a father would place the reins
in the hands of a child whom he was teaching to drive an
important vehicle on a dangerous road --she sat behind him still
holding the reins. Among the things reserved were that he should
kotow to her once every five days whether she were in Peking or
at the Summer Place, and she reserved such seals of office as
made it necessary for all the highest officials to come and
express their obligations to her at the same time they came to
|The second excerpt represents the present or the deciding factor of the moment, and is drawn from The Village Rector by Honore de Balzac:
rather bare, Monsieur Graslin having stopped for a time the work of
"Ah, Monseigneur!" said Madame Graslin to the bishop, after going the
rounds of the house, "I who expected to live in a cottage! Poor
Monsieur Graslin was extravagant indeed!"
"And you," said the bishop, adding after a pause, as he noticed the
shudder than ran through her frame at his first words, "you will be
extravagant in charity?"
She took the arm of her mother, who was leading Francis by the hand,
and went to the long terrace at the foot of which are the church and
the parsonage, and from which the houses of the village can be seen in
|The third excerpt represents the future or something you must embrace, and is drawn from The Waste Land by T. S. Eliot:
In which sad light a carved dolphin swam.
Above the antique mantel was displayed
As though a window gave upon the sylvan scene
The change of Philomel, by the barbarous king
So rudely forced; yet there the nightingale 100
Filled all the desert with inviolable voice
And still she cried, and still the world pursues,
'Jug Jug' to dirty ears.
And other withered stumps of time
Were told upon the walls; staring forms
Leaned out, leaning, hushing the room enclosed.
The Waste Land