|The first excerpt represents the past or something you must release, and is drawn from Flame and Shadow by Sara Teasdale:
I watch them marching
Stately and still,
And I know that I
Am honored to be
Of so much majesty.
"What Do I Care?"
What do I care, in the dreams and the languor of spring,
That my songs do not show me at all?
For they are a fragrance, and I am a flint and a fire,
I am an answer, they are only a call.
|The second excerpt represents the present or the deciding factor of the moment, and is drawn from The Underground City by Jules Verne:
and they proceeded to conduct a most vigorous search.
The magistrate wished first to ascertain if the ground bore
any footprints, which could be attributed to other than goblins' feet.
It was impossible to find the least trace, whether old or new.
Moreover, the earth, still damp from the rain of the day before,
would have preserved the least vestige.
The result of all this was, that the magistrates only got for their
trouble a new legend added to so many others--a legend which would
be perpetuated by the remembrance of the catastrophe of the MOTALA,
and indisputably confirm the truth of the apparition of the Fire-Maidens.
A hearty fellow like Jack Ryan, with so strong a constitution,
|The third excerpt represents the future or something you must embrace, and is drawn from Expression of Emotion in Man and Animals by Charles Darwin:
according to Helmholtz, the sound of the vowel _O_. Certainly a
deep sound of a prolonged _Oh!_ may be heard from a whole crowd
of people immediately after witnessing any astonishing spectacle.
If, together with surprise, pain be felt, there is a tendency to
contract all the muscles of the body, including those of the face,
and the lips will then be drawn back; and this will perhaps account
for the sound becoming higher and assuming the character of _Ah!_
or _Ach!_ As fear causes all the muscles of the body to tremble,
the voice naturally becomes tremulous, and at the same time husky
from the dryness of the mouth, owing to the salivary glands failing
to act. Why the laughter of man and the tittering of monkeys
Expression of Emotion in Man and Animals