|The first excerpt represents the past or something you must release, and is drawn from Sons and Lovers by D. H. Lawrence:
By this time Mrs. Morel was trembling violently. Struggles of
this kind often took place between her and her son, when she
seemed to fight for his very life against his own will to die.
He took her in his arms. She was ill and pitiful.
"Never mind, Little," he murmured. "So long as you don't feel
life's paltry and a miserable business, the rest doesn't matter,
happiness or unhappiness."
She pressed him to her.
"But I want you to be happy," she said pathetically.
"Eh, my dear--say rather you want me to live."
Mrs. Morel felt as if her heart would break for him.
Sons and Lovers
|The second excerpt represents the present or the deciding factor of the moment, and is drawn from Albert Savarus by Honore de Balzac:
Rosalie went away; she went out no more, and returned to Besancon with
Mademoiselle de Watteville, who lived alone on her estate of les
Rouxey, riding, hunting, refusing two or three offers a year, going to
Besancon four or five times in the course of the winter, and busying
herself with improving her land, was regarded as a very eccentric
personage. She was one of the celebrities of the Eastern provinces.
Madame de Soulas has two children, a boy and a girl, and she has grown
younger; but Monsieur de Soulas has aged a good deal.
"My fortune has cost me dear," said he to young Chavoncourt. "Really
to know a bigot it is unfortunately necessary to marry her!"
|The third excerpt represents the future or something you must embrace, and is drawn from Commentary on the Epistle to the Galatians by Martin Luther:
ought to retain by all means because through it you received the Holy
VERSE 19. My little children, of whom I travail in birth again until
Christ be formed in you.
With every single word the Apostle seeks to regain the confidence of the
Galatians. He now calls them lovingly his little children. He adds the
simile: "Of whom I travail in birth again." As parents reproduce their
physical characteristics in their children, so the apostles reproduced their
faith in the hearts of the hearers, until Christ was formed in them. A
person has the form of Christ when he believes in Christ to the exclusion
of everything else. This faith in Christ is engendered by the Gospel as the