|The first excerpt represents the past or something you must release, and is drawn from Juana by Honore de Balzac:
cover it. Inhabitants, soldiers, gendarmes, every one, seemed afoot in
the twinkling of an eye. Some men awoke the commissaries of police,
others stayed by the body to guard it. The pursuit kept on in the
direction of the fugitive, who dragged it after him like the flame of
Diard, as he ran, had all the sensations of a dream when he heard a
whole city howling, running, panting after him. Nevertheless, he kept
his ideas and his presence of mind. Presently he reached the wall of
the garden of his house. The place was perfectly silent, and he
thought he had foiled his pursuers, though a distant murmur of the
tumult came to his ears like the roaring of the sea. He dipped some
|The second excerpt represents the present or the deciding factor of the moment, and is drawn from Parmenides by Plato:
in a moment, and when it is changing it will be in no time, and will not
then be either in motion or at rest.
It will not.
And it will be in the same case in relation to the other changes, when it
passes from being into cessation of being, or from not-being into becoming
--then it passes between certain states of motion and rest, and neither is
nor is not, nor becomes nor is destroyed.
And on the same principle, in the passage from one to many and from many to
one, the one is neither one nor many, neither separated nor aggregated; and
in the passage from like to unlike, and from unlike to like, it is neither
|The third excerpt represents the future or something you must embrace, and is drawn from Return of the Native by Thomas Hardy:
Eustacia would return to him. The removal of furniture
had been accomplished only that day, though Clym
had lived in the old house for more than a week.
He had spent the time in working about the premises,
sweeping leaves from the garden paths, cutting dead
stalks from the flower beds, and nailing up creepers
which had been displaced by the autumn winds. He took
no particular pleasure in these deeds, but they formed
a screen between himself and despair. Moreover, it had
become a religion with him to preserve in good condition
all that had lapsed from his mother's hands to his own.
Return of the Native