|The first excerpt represents the past or something you must release, and is drawn from Ballads by Robert Louis Stevenson:
The decks were like a slide, where a seaman scarce could stand;
The wind was a nor'wester, blowing squally off the sea;
And cliffs and spouting breakers were the only things a-lee.
They heard the surf a-roaring before the break of day;
But 'twas only with the peep of light we saw how ill we lay.
We tumbled every hand on deck instanter, with a shout,
And we gave her the maintops'l, and stood by to go about.
All day we tacked and tacked between the South Head and the North;
All day we hauled the frozen sheets, and got no further forth;
All day as cold as charity, in bitter pain and dread,
For very life and nature we tacked from head to head.
|The second excerpt represents the present or the deciding factor of the moment, and is drawn from The Koran:
Say, 'Wherefore did ye kill God's prophets of yore if ye were true
Moses came to you with manifest signs, then ye took up with the calf
when he had gone and did so wrong. And when we took a covenant with
you and raised the mountain over you, 'Take what we have given you
with resolution and hear;' they said, 'We hear but disobey;' and
they were made to drink the calf down into their hearts for their
unbelief. Say, 'An evil thing is it which your belief bids you do,
if ye be true believers.' Say, 'If the abode of the future with God is
yours alone and not mankind's: long for death then if ye speak the
truth.' But they will never long for it because of what their hands
|The third excerpt represents the future or something you must embrace, and is drawn from Night and Day by Virginia Woolf:
peremptory; he seemed anxious to hasten the departure, and Katharine
looked at him from time to time, as Denham noticed, with an expression
half of inquiry, half of annoyance. She at once helped her mother into
her cloak, and said to Mary:
"I want to see you. Are you going back to London at once? I will
write." She half smiled at Ralph, but her look was a little overcast
by something she was thinking, and in a very few minutes the Otway
carriage rolled out of the stable yard and turned down the high road
leading to the village of Lampsher.
The return drive was almost as silent as the drive from home had been
in the morning; indeed, Mrs. Hilbery leant back with closed eyes in