|The first excerpt represents the past or something you must release, and is drawn from 'Twixt Land & Sea by Joseph Conrad:
a manner which was almost embarrassing.
It was with the eldest brother (he was employed at a desk in my
consignee's office) that I was having this talk about the merchant
Jacobus. He regretted my attitude and nodded his head sagely. An
influential man. One never knew when one would need him. I
expressed my immense preference for the shopkeeper of the two. At
that my friend looked grave.
"What on earth are you pulling that long face about?" I cried
impatiently. "He asked me to see his garden and I have a good mind
to go some day."
"Don't do that," he said, so earnestly that I burst into a fit of
'Twixt Land & Sea
|The second excerpt represents the present or the deciding factor of the moment, and is drawn from Men of Iron by Howard Pyle:
buzz of muffled exclamations or applause of those who looked on.
Mostly the applause was from Myles's friends, for from the very
first he showed and steadily maintained his advantage over the
older man. "Hah! well struck! well recovered!" "Look ye! the
sword bit that time!" "Nay, look, saw ye him pass the point of
the gisarm?" Then, "Falworth! Falworth!" as some more than
usually skilful stroke or parry occurred.
Meantime Myles's father sat straining his sightless eyeballs, as
though to pierce his body's darkness with one ray of light that
would show him how his boy held his own in the fight, and Lord
Mackworth, leaning with his lips close to the blind man's ear,
Men of Iron
|The third excerpt represents the future or something you must embrace, and is drawn from The Economist by Xenophon:
through fire, if need be, or into the jaws of death.
 Or, "through flood and fire or other desperate strait." Cf.
"Anab." II. vi. 8.
Lofty of soul and large of judgment may he be designated justly, at
whose back there steps a multitude stirred by his sole sentiment; not
unreasonably may he be said to march "with a mighty arm," to whose
will a thousand willing hands are prompt to minister; a great man in
every deed he is who can achieve great ends by resolution rather than
 See "Ages." ix. 6, "of how lofty a sentiment."
 See Herod. vii. 20, 157; Thuc. iii. 96.