|The first excerpt represents the past or something you must release, and is drawn from Plutarch's Lives by A. H. Clough:
was driven out of the Hellespont, and was despised to boot, whom
till now, it had been thought impossible to match, or even to
oppose. Phocion also took some of his ships, and recaptured some
of the places he had garrisoned, making besides several inroads
into the country, which he plundered and overran, until he
received a wound from some of the enemy who came to the defense,
and, thereupon, sailed away home.
The Megarians at this time privately praying aid of the Athenians,
Phocion, fearing lest the Boeotians should hear of it, and
anticipate them, called an assembly at sunrise, and brought
forward the petition of the Megarians, and immediately after the
|The second excerpt represents the present or the deciding factor of the moment, and is drawn from The Voice of the City by O. Henry:
"'Somewhat roundabout,' says he, 'and yet rather
"'Why didn't you ever meet her?' I asked.
'Were your positions in life so different?'
"She was far above me,' says Arthur. 'Now,
Ida,' he goes on, 'this is all of the past. You're not
going to be jealous, are you?'
'Jealous!' says I. 'Why, man, what are you
talking about? It makes me think ten times as much
of you as I did before I knew about it.'
"And it did, Lynn - if you can understand it.
The Voice of the City
|The third excerpt represents the future or something you must embrace, and is drawn from The Reign of King Edward the Third by William Shakespeare:
And John de Mountford, regent of that place,
Presents your highness with this Coronet,
Protesting true allegiance to your Grace.
We thank thee for thy service, valiant Earl;
Challenge our favour, for we owe it thee.
But now, my Lord, as this is joyful news,
So must my voice be tragical again,
And I must sing of doleful accidents.