|The first excerpt represents the past or something you must release, and is drawn from Agesilaus by Xenophon:
to his lord, imposing the gentler obedience of a freeman to his ruler.
Indeed, there were fortresses impregnable to assault which he brought
under his power by the subtler force of human kindness.
 See Grote, vol. ix. p. 365 foll.
But when, in Phrygia even, the freedom of his march along the flats
was hampered by the cavalry of Pharnabazus, he saw that if he wished
to avoid a skulking warfare under cover, a force of cavalry was
indispensable. Accordingly he enlisted the wealthiest members of every
city in those parts to breed and furnish horses; with this saving
clause, however: that the individual who furnished a horse and arms
with a good rider should be exempt from service himself. By this means
|The second excerpt represents the present or the deciding factor of the moment, and is drawn from Essays of Travel by Robert Louis Stevenson:
that he conducted his existence. 'Oh, man,' he said to me once with
unusual emotion, like a man thinking of his mistress, 'I would give
up anything for a lark.'
It was in relation to his fellow-stowaway that Alick showed the best,
or perhaps I should say the only good, points of his nature. 'Mind
you,' he said suddenly, changing his tone, 'mind you that's a good
boy. He wouldn't tell you a lie. A lot of them think he is a scamp
because his clothes are ragged, but he isn't; he's as good as gold.'
To hear him, you become aware that Alick himself had a taste for
virtue. He thought his own idleness and the other's industry equally
becoming. He was no more anxious to insure his own reputation as a
|The third excerpt represents the future or something you must embrace, and is drawn from Burning Daylight by Jack London:
for an understanding of life, and now life in the complex
appeared just as simple. He saw through its frauds and fictions,
and found it as elemental as on the Yukon. Men were made of the
same stuff. They had the same passions and desires. Finance was
poker on a larger scale. The men who played were the men who had
stakes. The workers were the fellows toiling for grubstakes. He
saw the game played out according to the everlasting rules, and
he played a hand himself. The gigantic futility of humanity
organized and befuddled by the bandits did not shock him. It was
the natural order. Practically all human endeavors were futile.
He had seen so much of it. His partners had starved and died on