|The first excerpt represents the past or something you must release, and is drawn from Rivers to the Sea by Sara Teasdale:
Six years ago this very night
RIVERS TO THE SEA
I saw them fall and wondered why
The angel dropped them from the sky--
But when I saw your eyes I knew
The angel sent the stars to you.
ROSE, when I remember you,
Little lady, scarcely two,
I am suddenly aware
Of the angels in the air.
|The second excerpt represents the present or the deciding factor of the moment, and is drawn from Alcibiades II by Platonic Imitator:
fail to obtain the best because they trust to opinion which is devoid of
ALCIBIADES: That is the case.
SOCRATES: It is good, then, for the many, if they particularly desire to
do that which they know or suppose that they know, neither to know nor to
suppose that they know, in cases where if they carry out their ideas in
action they will be losers rather than gainers?
ALCIBIADES: What you say is very true.
SOCRATES: Do you not see that I was really speaking the truth when I
affirmed that the possession of any other kind of knowledge was more likely
to injure than to benefit the possessor, unless he had also the knowledge
|The third excerpt represents the future or something you must embrace, and is drawn from Chance by Joseph Conrad:
from the not very distant past when he was a boy, on board various
ships,--funny things do happen on board ship. Flora was quite
surprised at times to find herself amused. She was even heard to
laugh twice in the course of a month. It was not a loud sound but
it was startling enough at the after-end of the Ferndale where low
tones or silence were the rule. The second time this happened the
captain himself must have been startled somewhere down below;
because he emerged from the depths of his unobtrusive existence and
began his tramping on the opposite side of the poop.
Almost immediately he called his young second officer over to him.
This was not done in displeasure. The glance he fastened on Mr.