|The first excerpt represents the past or something you must release, and is drawn from On the Origin of Species by Charles Darwin:
is in the buoyancy of green and seasoned timber; and it occurred to me that
floods might wash down plants or branches, and that these might be dried on
the banks, and then by a fresh rise in the stream be washed into the sea.
Hence I was led to dry stems and branches of 94 plants with ripe fruit, and
to place them on sea water. The majority sank quickly, but some which
whilst green floated for a very short time, when dried floated much longer;
for instance, ripe hazel-nuts sank immediately, but when dried, they
floated for 90 days and afterwards when planted they germinated; an
asparagus plant with ripe berries floated for 23 days, when dried it
floated for 85 days, and the seeds afterwards germinated: the ripe seeds
of Helosciadium sank in two days, when dried they floated for above 90
On the Origin of Species
|The second excerpt represents the present or the deciding factor of the moment, and is drawn from The Black Tulip by Alexandre Dumas:
eels as if they were sticks of vanilla sweetmeat; neither is
our interest in the lovely Dutch girls, with red cheeks and
ivory bosoms; nor in the fat, round mynheers, who had never
left their homes before; nor in the sallow, thin travellers
from Ceylon or Java; nor in the thirsty crowds, who quenched
their thirst with pickled cucumbers; -- no, so far as we are
concerned, the real interest of the situation, the
fascinating, dramatic interest, is not to be found here.
Our interest is in a smiling, sparkling face to be seen amid
the members of the Horticultural Committee; in the person
with a flower in his belt, combed and brushed, and all clad
The Black Tulip
|The third excerpt represents the future or something you must embrace, and is drawn from The Mountains by Stewart Edward White:
come upon the rest not far away.
The personnel of our own outfit we found most
interesting. Although collected from divergent
localities they soon became acquainted. In a crowded
corral they were always compact in their organization,
sticking close together, and resisting as a solid phalanx
encroachments on their feed by other and stranger
horses. Their internal organization was very amusing.
A certain segregation soon took place. Some became
leaders; others by common consent were relegated to
the position of subordinates.