|The first excerpt represents the past or something you must release, and is drawn from The Mirror of the Sea by Joseph Conrad:
"Don't be hard on a chap, old man!" he whined pitifully.
"Now then, get ashore at once. Do you hear?"
Silence. He appeared to cringe, mute, as if words had failed him
through grief; then - bang! came a concussion and a great flash of
light in which he vanished, leaving me prone on my back with the
most abominable black eye that anybody ever got in the faithful
discharge of duty. Shadows! Shadows! I hope he escaped the
enemies he was fleeing from to live and flourish to this day. But
his fist was uncommonly hard and his aim miraculously true in the
There were other experiences, less painful and more funny for the
The Mirror of the Sea
|The second excerpt represents the present or the deciding factor of the moment, and is drawn from Bucolics by Virgil:
So in old age, you happy man, your fields
Will still be yours, and ample for your need!
Though, with bare stones o'erspread, the pastures all
Be choked with rushy mire, your ewes with young
By no strange fodder will be tried, nor hurt
Through taint contagious of a neighbouring flock.
Happy old man, who 'mid familiar streams
And hallowed springs, will court the cooling shade!
Here, as of old, your neighbour's bordering hedge,
That feasts with willow-flower the Hybla bees,
|The third excerpt represents the future or something you must embrace, and is drawn from The Koran:
sayest, and 'we see that thou art weak amongst us; and were it not for
thy family we would stone thee, nor couldst thou be powerful over us.'
He said, 'O my people! are my family more esteemed by you than
God? or have you taken Him as something to cast behind your backs?
Verily, my Lord, whate'er ye do, doth comprehend. O my people! act
according to your power; verily, I too will act, and ye at length
shall know! To whomsoever torment comes it shall disgrace him, and him
who is a liar. Watch then; verily, I with you am watching too!'
And when our bidding came we saved Sho'haib, and those who
believed with him, by our mercy; and the noise caught those who had
done wrong, and on the morrow they were in their houses prone, as