|The first excerpt represents the past or something you must release, and is drawn from The Cruise of the Jasper B. by Don Marquis:
while with a calm and steady precision that repeatedly baffled
the calculated impetuosity of Cleggett's attack. But the air of
bantering certainty with which he had begun the duel had left
him. He no longer wasted his breath on repartee; no doubt he was
surprised to find Cleggett's strength so nearly equal to his own,
as Cleggett had been astonished to find in Loge so much finesse.
But with a second slight wound Loge began to give ground.
With Cleggett a bout with the foils had always been a duel. It
has been indicated, we believe, that he was of a romantic
disposition and much given to daydreaming; his imagination had
thus made every set-to in the fencing room a veritable mortal
|The second excerpt represents the present or the deciding factor of the moment, and is drawn from On the Origin of Species by Charles Darwin:
preserved during famines and other accidents, to which savages are so
liable, and such choice animals would thus generally leave more offspring
than the inferior ones; so that in this case there would be a kind of
unconscious selection going on. We see the value set on animals even by
the barbarians of Tierra del Fuego, by their killing and devouring their
old women, in times of dearth, as of less value than their dogs.
In plants the same gradual process of improvement, through the occasional
preservation of the best individuals, whether or not sufficiently distinct
to be ranked at their first appearance as distinct varieties, and whether
or not two or more species or races have become blended together by
crossing, may plainly be recognised in the increased size and beauty which
On the Origin of Species
|The third excerpt represents the future or something you must embrace, and is drawn from In a German Pension by Katherine Mansfield:
is only one thing I'm fitted for, and that is to be a great courtesan."
But she did not know how to go about it. She was frightened to go into the
streets--she heard of such awful things happening to those women--men with
diseases--or men who didn't pay--besides, the idea of a strange man every
night--no, that was out of the question. "If I'd the clothes I would go to
a really good hotel and find some wealthy man...like the strange man this
morning. He would be ideal. Oh, if I only had his address--I am sure I
would fascinate him. I'd keep him laughing all day--I'd make him give me
unlimited money..." At the thought she grew warm and soft. She began to
dream of a wonderful house, and of presses full of clothes and of perfumes.
She saw herself stepping into carriages--looking at the strange man with a