|The first excerpt represents the past or something you must release, and is drawn from The Merry Adventures of Robin Hood by Howard Pyle:
when the north wind howled and snow drifted around the hedges,
was there to be found, elsewhere, such a roaring fire as blazed upon
the hearth of the Blue Boar. At such times might be found a goodly
company of yeomen or country folk seated around the blazing hearth,
bandying merry jests, while roasted crabs bobbed in bowls
of ale upon the hearthstone. Well known was the inn to Robin Hood
and his band, for there had he and such merry companions
as Little John or Will Stutely or young David of Doncaster
often gathered when all the forest was filled with snow.
As for mine host, he knew how to keep a still tongue in his head,
and to swallow his words before they passed his teeth, for he knew
The Merry Adventures of Robin Hood
|The second excerpt represents the present or the deciding factor of the moment, and is drawn from What is Man? by Mark Twain:
and dearer to me every day. I was getting acquainted with
Jean in these last nine months. She had been long an exile from
home when she came to us three-quarters of a year ago. She had
been shut up in sanitariums, many miles from us. How eloquent
glad and grateful she was to cross her father's threshold again!
Would I bring her back to life if I could do it? I would not.
If a word would do it, I would beg for strength to withhold
the word. And I would have the strength; I am sure of it. In
her loss I am almost bankrupt, and my life is a bitterness, but I
am content: for she has been enriched with the most precious of
all gifts--that gift which makes all other gifts mean and poor--
What is Man?
|The third excerpt represents the future or something you must embrace, and is drawn from Herbert West: Reanimator by H. P. Lovecraft:
yet none for his persecuted researches! We were frightfully overworked,
and the terrific mental and nervous strain made my friend brood
But West’s gentle enemies were no less harassed with
prostrating duties. College had all but closed, and every doctor
of the medical faculty was helping to fight the typhoid plague.
Dr. Halsey in particular had distinguished himself in sacrificing
service, applying his extreme skill with whole-hearted energy
to cases which many others shunned because of danger or apparent
hopelessness. Before a month was over the fearless dean had become
a popular hero, though he seemed unconscious of his fame as he
Herbert West: Reanimator