|The first excerpt represents the past or something you must release, and is drawn from The Talisman by Walter Scott:
soon get the King to pardon him--it was but waiting to let
Richard's mood pass away.
Thus she continued talking thick and fast, and heaping together
all sorts of inconsistencies, with the vain expectation of
persuading both Edith and herself that no harm could come of a
frolic which in her heart she now bitterly repented. But while
Edith in vain strove to intercept this torrent of idle talk, she
caught the eye of one of the ladies who entered the Queen's
apartment. There was death in her look of affright and horror,
and Edith, at the first glance of her countenance, had sunk at
once on the earth, had not strong necessity and her own elevation
|The second excerpt represents the present or the deciding factor of the moment, and is drawn from Democracy In America, Volume 1 by Alexis de Toqueville:
is called upon to fulfil, ought to be empowered to choose his own
agents, and to remove them at pleasure: the legislative bodies
watch the conduct of the President more than they direct it. The
consequence of this arrangement is, that at every new election
the fate of all the Federal public officers is in suspense. Mr.
Quincy Adams, on his entry into office, discharged the majority
of the individuals who had been appointed by his predecessor: and
I am not aware that General Jackson allowed a single removable
functionary employed in the Federal service to retain his place
beyond the first year which succeeded his election. It is
sometimes made a subject of complaint that in the constitutional
|The third excerpt represents the future or something you must embrace, and is drawn from Songs of Travel by Robert Louis Stevenson:
To see the infinite pity of this place,
The mangled limb, the devastated face,
The innocent sufferer smiling at the rod -
A fool were tempted to deny his God.
He sees, he shrinks. But if he gaze again,
Lo, beauty springing from the breast of pain!
He marks the sisters on the mournful shores;
And even a fool is silent and adores.
Guest House, Kalawao, Molokai.
XXXII - IN MEMORIAM E. H.
I KNEW a silver head was bright beyond compare,