|The first excerpt represents the past or something you must release, and is drawn from Fables by Robert Louis Stevenson:
"Nay," said the elder brother, "you have all else, have patience
also; and suffer me to say the world is full of touchstones, and it
appears not easily which is true."
"I have no shame of mine," said the younger brother. "There it is,
and look in it."
So the elder brother looked in the mirror, and he was sore amazed;
for he was an old man, and his hair was white upon his head; and he
sat down in the hall and wept aloud.
"Now," said the younger brother, "see what a fool's part you have
played, that ran over all the world to seek what was lying in our
father's treasury, and came back an old carle for the dogs to bark
|The second excerpt represents the present or the deciding factor of the moment, and is drawn from Twice Told Tales by Nathaniel Hawthorne:
seemed to have caught the infection from the fireside circle, and
were outvying each other in wild wishes, and childish projects of
what they would do when they came to be men and women. At length
a little boy, instead of addressing his brothers and sisters,
called out to his mother.
"I'll tell you what I wish, mother," cried he. "I want you and
father and grandma'm, and all of us, and the stranger too, to
start right away, and go and take a drink out of the basin of the
Nobody could help laughing at the child's notion of leaving a
warm bed, and dragging them from a cheerful fire, to visit the
Twice Told Tales
|The third excerpt represents the future or something you must embrace, and is drawn from The Koran:
workers of abomination!
Then we followed up their footsteps with our apostles; and we
followed them up with Jesus the son of Mary; and we gave him the
gospel; and we placed in the hearts of those who followed him kindness
and compassion.- But monkery, they invented it; we only prescribed
to them the craving after the goodwill of God, and they observed it
not with due observance. But we gave to those who believe amongst them
their hire; though many amongst them were workers of abomination!
O ye who believe! fear God, and believe in His Apostle: He will give
you two portions of His mercy, and will make for you a light for you
to walk in, and will forgive you; for God is forgiving, compassionate.