|The first excerpt represents the past or something you must release, and is drawn from Jude the Obscure by Thomas Hardy:
it cracked under his weight; but this did not deter him.
He ploughed his way inward to the centre, the ice making sharp
noises as he went. When just about the middle he looked
around him and gave a jump. The cracking repeated itself;
but he did not go down. He jumped again, but the cracking
had ceased. Jude went back to the edge, and stepped upon
It was curious, he thought. What was he reserved for?
He supposed he was not a sufficiently dignified person for suicide.
Peaceful death abhorred him as a subject, and would not
Jude the Obscure
|The second excerpt represents the present or the deciding factor of the moment, and is drawn from Rivers to the Sea by Sara Teasdale:
That you have never seen, oh evening-eyed.
Yet have you never wondered what the Nile
Is seeking always, restless and wild with spring
And no less in the winter, seeking still?
How shall I tell you? Can you think of fields
Greater than Gods could till, more blue than night
Sown over with the stars; and delicate
With filmy nets of foam that come and go?
It is more cruel and more compassionate
Than harried earth. It takes with unconcern
And quick forgetting, rapture of the rain
|The third excerpt represents the future or something you must embrace, and is drawn from Tom Sawyer, Detective by Mark Twain:
and this time I jumped up and shut down the proceedings,
because I KNOWED Jubiter Dunlap was a-setting here before me.
I knowed him by a thing which I seen him do--and I
remembered it. I'd seen him do it when I was here a
He stopped then, and studied a minute--laying for an
"effect"--I knowed it perfectly well. Then he turned
off like he was going to leave the platform, and says,
kind of lazy and indifferent:
"Well, I believe that is all."
Why, you never heard such a howl!--and it come from