|The first excerpt represents the past or something you must release, and is drawn from Barlaam and Ioasaph by St. John of Damascus:
downcast, seeing himself falling into the destruction that he had
made for other, and being drawn into the net that he had laid
privily, and feeling the sword entering into his own soul. So he
took counsel with himself, and determined rather to take the side
of the king's son, and make it to prevail, that he might avoid
the danger hanging over him, because the prince was doubtless
able to requite him, should he be found to provoke him. But this
was all the work of divine providence that was wisely
establishing our cause by the mouth of our adversaries. For when
these idol-priests and Nachor crossed words, like another
Barlaam, who, of old in the time of Balak, when purposing to
|The second excerpt represents the present or the deciding factor of the moment, and is drawn from The School For Scandal by Richard Brinsley Sheridan:
SIR OLIVER. Well come give us a bottle of good wine--and we'll
drink the Lads' Healths and tell you our scheme.
SIR PETER. Alons [Allons], then----
SIR OLIVER. But don't Sir Peter be so severe against your old
SIR PETER. 'Tis his Vices and Follies have made me his Enemy.--
ROWLEY. Come--come--Sir Peter consider how early He was left
to his own guidance.
SIR OLIVER. Odds my Life--I am not sorry that He has run out
of the course a little--for my Part, I hate to see dry Prudence
clinging to the green juices of youth--'tis like ivy round
|The third excerpt represents the future or something you must embrace, and is drawn from Under the Andes by Rex Stout:
Mire; her hand flung the rose to the matador, while the eight
thousand excited spectators seemed uncertain whether they were
applauding her or him. Lima was hers, and never have I seen a
fortnight so crowded with incidents.
But Le Mire soon tired of it, as was to be expected. She
greeted me one morning at the breakfast table:
"My friend Paul, let us go to Cerro de Pasco. They have
silver--thousands and thousands of tons--and what you call them?
"And then the Andes?" I suggested.