|The first excerpt represents the past or something you must release, and is drawn from The Country of the Pointed Firs by Sarah Orne Jewett:
sunshiny air was of some ethereal northern sort, with a cool
freshness as it came over new-fallen snow. The world was filled
with a fragrance of fir-balsam and the faintest flavor of seaweed
from the ledges, bare and brown at low tide in the little harbor.
It was so still and so early that the village was but half awake.
I could hear no voices but those of the birds, small and great,--
the constant song sparrows, the clink of a yellow-hammer over in
the woods, and the far conversation of some deliberate crows. I
saw William Blackett's escaping sail already far from land, and
Captain Littlepage was sitting behind his closed window as I passed
by, watching for some one who never came. I tried to speak to him,
|The second excerpt represents the present or the deciding factor of the moment, and is drawn from The Age of Innocence by Edith Wharton:
were: the Dagonets of Washington Square, who came
of an old English county family allied with the Pitts
and Foxes; the Lannings, who had intermarried with
the descendants of Count de Grasse, and the van der
Luydens, direct descendants of the first Dutch governor
of Manhattan, and related by pre-revolutionary
marriages to several members of the French and British
The Lannings survived only in the person of two
very old but lively Miss Lannings, who lived cheerfully
and reminiscently among family portraits and Chippendale;
|The third excerpt represents the future or something you must embrace, and is drawn from The Koran:
ye did but know!
He will pardon you your sins, and bring you into gardens beneath
which rivers flow, and goodly dwellings in gardens of Eden;- that is
the mighty bliss!
And other things which ye love,- help from God and victory
nigh!-so do thou give the glad tidings unto the believers!
O ye who believe! be ye the helpers of God as Jesus son of Mary said
to the apostles, 'Who are my helpers for God?' Said the apostles,
'We are God's helpers!'
And a party of the children of Israel believed, and a party
misbelieved. And we aided those who believed against their enemies,