|The first excerpt represents the past or something you must release, and is drawn from Awakening & Selected Short Stories by Kate Chopin:
the stool, only exclaiming, "Why, Robert!"
He came and clasped her hand, seemingly without knowing what
he was saying or doing.
"Mrs. Pontellier! How do you happen--oh! how well you look!
Is Mademoiselle Reisz not here? I never expected to see you."
"When did you come back?" asked Edna in an unsteady voice,
wiping her face with her handkerchief. She seemed ill at ease on
the piano stool, and he begged her to take the chair by the window.
She did so, mechanically, while he seated himself on the stool.
"I returned day before yesterday," he answered, while he
leaned his arm on the keys, bringing forth a crash of discordant
Awakening & Selected Short Stories
|The second excerpt represents the present or the deciding factor of the moment, and is drawn from An Inland Voyage by Robert Louis Stevenson:
sheet as children listen to their rattle; and read the names of
towns or villages to forget them again at once. We had no romance
in the matter; there was nobody so fancy-free. If you had taken
the maps away while we were studying them most intently, it is a
fair bet whether we might not have continued to study the table
with the same delight.
About one thing we were mightily taken up, and that was eating. I
think I made a god of my belly. I remember dwelling in imagination
upon this or that dish till my mouth watered; and long before we
got in for the night my appetite was a clamant, instant annoyance.
Sometimes we paddled alongside for a while and whetted each other
|The third excerpt represents the future or something you must embrace, and is drawn from Barlaam and Ioasaph by St. John of Damascus:
inherit eternal life?' and boasted that he had observed all that
was written in the Law, Jesus said unto him, `One thing thou
lackest yet. Go sell all that thou hast and distribute unto the
poor, and thou shalt have treasure in heaven, and come, take up
thy cross and follow me. But when the young man heard this he
was very sorrowful, for he was very rich. And when Jesus saw
that he was very sorrowful, he said, `How hardly shall they which
have riches enter into the kingdom of God! For it is easier for
a camel to go through the eye of a needle, than for a rich man to
enter into the kingdom of God!' So, when all the Saints heard
this command, they thought fit by all means to withdraw from this