|The first excerpt represents the past or something you must release, and is drawn from Flower Fables by Louisa May Alcott:
his shining hair they wreathed long garlands of their fairest flowers,
and on his little arms hung chains of brilliant shells.
"Now come with us, dear child," said Ripple; "we will bear you safely
up into the sunlight and the pleasant air; for this is not your home,
and yonder, on the shore, there waits a loving friend for you."
So up they went, through foam and spray, till on the beach, where
the fresh winds played among her falling hair, and the waves broke
sparkling at her feet, the lonely mother still stood, gazing wistfully
across the sea. Suddenly, upon a great blue billow that came rolling
in, she saw the Water-Spirits smiling on her; and high aloft, in their
white gleaming arms, her child stretched forth his hands to welcome
|The second excerpt represents the present or the deciding factor of the moment, and is drawn from The Koran:
ye the people of the Scriptures if ye do not know. Nor did we make
them bodies not to eat food, nor were they immortal. Yet we made our
promise to them good, and we saved them and whom we pleased; but we
destroyed those who committed excesses.
We have sent down to you a book in which is a reminder for you; have
ye then no sense?
How many a city which had done wrong have we broken up, and raised
up after it another people! And when they perceived our violence
they ran away from it. 'Run not away, but return to what ye
delighted in, and to your dwellings! haply ye will be questioned.'
Said they, 'O woe is us! verily, we were wrong-doers.'
|The third excerpt represents the future or something you must embrace, and is drawn from The Duchesse de Langeais by Honore de Balzac:
mass, at which the two divisions under the General's command were
obliged to be present. Now, it was upon this mass that the
General had built his hopes of gaining some information as to the
sisters in the convent; he was quite unaware how absolutely the
Carmelites were cut off from the world; but he knew that there
might be among them one whom he held dearer than life, dearer
His hopes were cruelly dashed at once. Mass, it is true, was
celebrated in state. In honour of such a solemnity, the curtains
which always hid the choir were drawn back to display its riches,
its valuable paintings and shrines so bright with gems that they