|The first excerpt represents the past or something you must release, and is drawn from An Old Maid by Honore de Balzac:
--which will serve to complete our picture of this excellent woman's
Mademoiselle Cormon regarded it as one of her duties to talk; not that
she was talkative, for she had unfortunately too few ideas, and did
not know enough phrases to converse readily. But she believed she was
accomplishing one of the social duties enjoined by religion, which
orders us to make ourselves agreeable to our neighbor. This obligation
cost her so much that she consulted her director, the Abbe Couturier,
upon the subject of this honest but puerile civility. In spite of the
humble remark of his penitent, confessing the inward labor of her mind
in finding anything to say, the old priest, rigid on the point of
|The second excerpt represents the present or the deciding factor of the moment, and is drawn from The Tanach:
Jeremiah 12: 16 And it shall come to pass, if they will diligently learn the ways of My people to swear by My name: 'As the LORD liveth,' even as they taught My people to swear by Baal; then shall they be built up in the midst of My people.
Jeremiah 12: 17 But if they will not hearken, then will I pluck up that nation, plucking up and destroying it, saith the LORD.
Jeremiah 13: 1 Thus said the LORD unto me: 'Go, and get thee a linen girdle, and put it upon thy loins, and put it not in water.'
Jeremiah 13: 2 So I got a girdle according to the word of the LORD, and put it upon my loins.
Jeremiah 13: 3 And the word of the LORD came unto me the second time, saying:
Jeremiah 13: 4 'Take the girdle that thou hast gotten, which is upon thy loins, and arise, go to Perath, and hide it there in a cleft of the rock.'
Jeremiah 13: 5 So I went, and hid it in Perath, as the LORD commanded me.
Jeremiah 13: 6 And it came to pass after many days, that the LORD said unto me: 'Arise, go to Perath, and take the girdle from thence, which I commanded thee to hide there.'
Jeremiah 13: 7 Then I went to Perath, and digged, and took the girdle from the place where I had hid it; and, behold, the girdle was marred, it was profitable for nothing.
Jeremiah 13: 8 Then the word of the LORD came unto me, saying:
|The third excerpt represents the future or something you must embrace, and is drawn from Of The Nature of Things by Lucretius:
If the weather were smiling and the times of the year
Were painting the green of the grass around with flowers.
Then jokes, then talk, then peals of jollity
Would circle round; for then the rustic muse
Was in her glory; then would antic Mirth
Prompt them to garland head and shoulders about
With chaplets of intertwined flowers and leaves,
And to dance onward, out of tune, with limbs
Clownishly swaying, and with clownish foot
To beat our mother earth- from whence arose
Laughter and peals of jollity, for, lo,
Of The Nature of Things