|The first excerpt represents the past or something you must release, and is drawn from Barlaam and Ioasaph by St. John of Damascus:
the love of things present.
"But `after that the kindness and love of God our Saviour' was
pleased to deliver me from that harsh captivity, he enabled my
mind to overcome the law of sin, and opened mine eyes to discern
good from evil. Thereupon I perceived and looked, and behold!
all things present are vanity and vexation of spirit, as
somewhere in his writings saith Solomon the wise. Then was the
veil of sin lifted from mine heart, and the dullness, proceeding
from the grossness of my body, which pressed upon my soul, was
scattered, and I perceived the end for which I was created, and
how that it behoved me to move upward to my Creator by the
|The second excerpt represents the present or the deciding factor of the moment, and is drawn from Menexenus by Plato:
not have much to say, for he has been called upon to speak at a moment's
notice, and he will be compelled almost to improvise.
SOCRATES: But why, my friend, should he not have plenty to say? Every
rhetorician has speeches ready made; nor is there any difficulty in
improvising that sort of stuff. Had the orator to praise Athenians among
Peloponnesians, or Peloponnesians among Athenians, he must be a good
rhetorician who could succeed and gain credit. But there is no difficulty
in a man's winning applause when he is contending for fame among the
persons whom he is praising.
MENEXENUS: Do you think not, Socrates?
SOCRATES: Certainly 'not.'
|The third excerpt represents the future or something you must embrace, and is drawn from An International Episode by Henry James:
"I shall make her go and see them."
"She won't do it, my boy."
"We'll see if she doesn't," said Lord Lambeth.
But if Percy Beaumont took a somber view of the arrival
of the two ladies at Jones's Hotel, he was sufficiently
a man of the world to offer them a smiling countenance.
He fell into animated conversation--conversation, at least,
that was animated on her side--with Mrs. Westgate, while his
companion made himself agreeable to the younger lady.
Mrs. Westgate began confessing and protesting,
declaring and expounding.