|The first excerpt represents the past or something you must release, and is drawn from Little Rivers by Henry van Dyke:
practically inaccessible for nine miles of its course by reason of
the steepness of its banks, which are long, shaggy precipices, and
the fury of its current, in which no boat can live. We heard its
voice as we approached through the forest, and could hardly tell
whether it was far away or near.
There is a perspective of sound as well as of sight, and one must
have some idea of the size of a noise before one can judge of its
distance. A mosquito's horn in a dark room may seem like a trumpet
on the battlements; and the tumult of a mighty stream heard through
an unknown stretch of woods may appear like the babble of a
mountain brook close at hand.
|The second excerpt represents the present or the deciding factor of the moment, and is drawn from The Song of Hiawatha by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow:
Only Oweenee, the youngest,
Laughed and flouted all her lovers,
All her young and handsome suitors,
And then married old Osseo,
Old Osseo, poor and ugly,
Broken with age and weak with coughing,
Always coughing like a squirrel.
"Ah, but beautiful within him
Was the spirit of Osseo,
From the Evening Star descended,
Star of Evening, Star of Woman,
|The third excerpt represents the future or something you must embrace, and is drawn from Les Miserables by Victor Hugo:
An officer intervened.
And addressing Enjolras:
"Do you wish to have your eyes bandaged?"
"Was it you who killed the artillery sergeant?"
Grantaire had waked up a few moments before.
Grantaire, it will be remembered, had been asleep ever since the
preceding evening in the upper room of the wine-shop, seated
on a chair and leaning on the table.