|The first excerpt represents the past or something you must release, and is drawn from The King of the Golden River by John Ruskin:
On its white leaves there hung three drops of clear dew.
And the dwarf shook them into the flask which Gluck held in his hand.
"Cast these into the river," he said, "and descend on the other side
of the mountains into the Treasure Valley. And so good speed."
As he spoke the figure of the dwarf became indistinct. The
playing colors of his robe formed themselves into a prismatic mist
of dewy light; he stood for an instant veiled with them as with the
belt of a broad rainbow. The colors grew faint; the mist rose into
the air; the monarch had evaporated.
And Gluck climbed to the brink of the Golden River, and its
waves were as clear as crystal and as brilliant as the sun. And
|The second excerpt represents the present or the deciding factor of the moment, and is drawn from The Dynamiter by Robert Louis Stevenson and Fanny Van De Grift Stevenson:
you say; nothing could save me; and my bill is long enough
already. Dear me, dear me,' he said, looking in my face with
a curious, puzzled, and pathetic look, like a dull child at
school, 'if there be a judgment afterwards, my bill is long
At that, I broke into a passion of weeping, crawled at his
feet, kissed his hands, begged his forgiveness, put the
pistol back into his grasp and besought him to avenge his
death; for indeed, if with my life I could have bought back
his, I had not balanced at the cost. But he was determined,
the poor soul, that I should yet more bitterly regret my act.
|The third excerpt represents the future or something you must embrace, and is drawn from Barlaam and Ioasaph by St. John of Damascus:
Lord, and walk in his ways,' and `Blessed is the man that feareth
the Lord: he shall have great delight in his commandments.' And
which commandments above all shouldest thou observe? `Blessed
are the merciful, for they shall obtain mercy,' and `Be ye
merciful, as your heavenly Father is merciful.' For the
fulfilment of this commandment, above all, is required of them
that are in high authority. And, soothly, the holder of great
authority ought to imitate the giver of that authority to the
best of his ability. And herein shall he best imitate God, by
considering that nothing is to be preferred before showing mercy.
Nay, further, nothing so surely draweth the subject to loyalty