|The first excerpt represents the past or something you must release, and is drawn from The Secret Sharer by Joseph Conrad:
the little campstool awaited him and laid my finger on my lips.
He made a gesture--somewhat vague--a little mysterious,
accompanied by a faint smile, as if of regret.
This is not the place to enlarge upon the sensations of a man
who feels for the first time a ship move under his feet to his
own independent word. In my case they were not unalloyed.
I was not wholly alone with my command; for there was that stranger
in my cabin. Or rather, I was not completely and wholly with her.
Part of me was absent. That mental feeling of being in two
places at once affected me physically as if the mood of secrecy
had penetrated my very soul. Before an hour had elapsed since
The Secret Sharer
|The second excerpt represents the present or the deciding factor of the moment, and is drawn from Lucile by Owen Meredith:
There is many a pair that yet cannot agree,
Your forgiveness for this pair, the author invites,
Whom necessity, not inclination, unites.
When she broke off with you
Her engagement, her heart did not break with it?
Pray would you have had her dress always in black,
|The third excerpt represents the future or something you must embrace, and is drawn from The Varieties of Religious Experience by William James:
different types of religious experience; and, seeking in these
lectures closer acquaintance with the healthy-minded type, we
must take it where we find it in most radical form. The
psychology of individual types of character has hardly begun even
to be sketched as yet--our lectures may possibly serve as a
crumb-like contribution to the structure. The first thing to
bear in mind (especially if we ourselves belong to the
clerico-academic-scientific type, the officially and
conventionally "correct" type, "the deadly respectable" type, for
which to ignore others is a besetting temptation) is that nothing
can be more stupid than to bar out phenomena from our notice,