|The first excerpt represents the past or something you must release, and is drawn from Poems by T. S. Eliot:
In a life composed so much, so much of odds and ends,
(For indeed I do not love it ... you knew? you are not blind!
How keen you are!)
To find a friend who has these qualities,
Who has, and gives
Those qualities upon which friendship lives.
How much it means that I say this to you--
Without these friendships--life, what cauchemar!"
Among the windings of the violins
And the ariettes
Of cracked cornets
|The second excerpt represents the present or the deciding factor of the moment, and is drawn from The Man against the Sky by Edwin Arlington Robinson:
And forty years ago it was old Archibald said that.
"An apple tree that's yet alive saw something, I suppose,
Of what it was that happened there, and what no mortal knows.
Some one on the mountain heard far off a master shriek,
And then there was a light that showed the way for men to seek.
"We found it in the morning with an iron bar behind,
And there were chains around it; but no search could ever find,
Either in the ashes that were left, or anywhere,
A sign to tell of who or what had been with Stafford there.
"Stafford was a likely man with ideas of his own --
Though I could never like the kind that likes to live alone;
|The third excerpt represents the future or something you must embrace, and is drawn from The Unseen World and Other Essays by John Fiske:
world by encumbering each idea with an envelopment or clothing of
visible matter; and since matter is vile or imperfect, all things
are more or less perfect as they partake more or less fully of
the idea. The pure unencumbered idea, the "Idea of ideas," is the
Logos, or divine Reason, which represents the sum-total of the
activities which sustain the world, and serves as a mediator
between the absolutely ideal God and the absolutely non-ideal
matter. Here we arrive at a Gnostic conception, which the
Philonists of Alexandria were not slow to appropriate. The Logos,
or divine Reason, was identified with the Sophia, or divine
Wisdom of the Jewish Gnostics, which had dwelt with God before
The Unseen World and Other Essays