|The first excerpt represents the past or something you must release, and is drawn from The Odyssey by Homer:
ill-fated one, Odysseus, of the seed of Zeus, if perchance
he may come I know not whence, having avoided death and the
fates. So fill twelve jars, and close each with his lid,
and pour me barley-meal into well-sewn skins, and let there
be twenty measures of the grain of bruised barley-meal. Let
none know this but thyself! As for these things let them
all be got together; for in the evening I will take them
with me, at the time that my mother hath gone to her upper
chamber and turned her thoughts to sleep. Lo, to Sparta I
go and to sandy Pylos to seek tidings of my dear father's
return, if haply I may hear thereof.'
|The second excerpt represents the present or the deciding factor of the moment, and is drawn from The Jolly Corner by Henry James:
me. HE seemed to tell me of that. So why," she strangely smiled,
"shouldn't I like him?"
It brought Spencer Brydon to his feet. "You 'like' that horror -
"I COULD have liked him. And to me," she said, "he was no horror.
I had accepted him."
"'Accepted' - ?" Brydon oddly sounded.
"Before, for the interest of his difference - yes. And as I didn't
disown him, as I knew him - which you at last, confronted with him
in his difference, so cruelly didn't, my dear, - well, he must have
been, you see, less dreadful to me. And it may have pleased him
|The third excerpt represents the future or something you must embrace, and is drawn from The Memorabilia by Xenophon:
 Or, "There, Socrates, you have hit the very phrase. I could not
state the matter more explicitly myself."
There was once in the city a fair woman named Theodote. She was not
only fair, but ready to consort with any suitor who might win her
favour. Now it chanced that some one of the company mentioned her,
saying that her beauty beggared description. "So fair is she," he
added, "that painters flock to draw her portrait, to whom, within the
limits of decorum, she displays the marvels of her beauty." "Then
there is nothing for it but to go and see her," answered Socrates,
"since to comprehend by hearsay what is beyond description is clearly