|The first excerpt represents the past or something you must release, and is drawn from Rasselas, Prince of Abyssinia by Samuel Johnson:
said Nekayah, "this world will never afford an opportunity of
deciding. But this, at least, may be maintained, that we do not
always find visible happiness in proportion to visible virtue. All
natural and almost all political evils are incident alike to the
bad and good; they are confounded in the misery of a famine, and
not much distinguished in the fury of a faction; they sink together
in a tempest and are driven together from their country by
invaders. All that virtue can afford is quietness of conscience
and a steady prospect of a happier state; this may enable us to
endure calamity with patience, but remember that patience must
|The second excerpt represents the present or the deciding factor of the moment, and is drawn from Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad:
And I didn't do badly either, since I managed not to sink
that steamboat on my first trip. It's a wonder to me yet.
Imagine a blindfolded man set to drive a van over a bad road.
I sweated and shivered over that business considerably,
I can tell you. After all, for a seaman, to scrape the bottom
of the thing that's supposed to float all the time under
his care is the unpardonable sin. No one may know of it,
but you never forget the thump--eh? A blow on the very heart.
You remember it, you dream of it, you wake up at night
and think of it--years after--and go hot and cold all over.
I don't pretend to say that steamboat floated all the time.
Heart of Darkness
|The third excerpt represents the future or something you must embrace, and is drawn from The Dunwich Horror by H. P. Lovecraft:
'Did your Luther take accaount o' whar them big tracks led
tew? No? Wal, Mis' Corey, ef they was on the glen rud this side
o' the glen, an' ain't got to your haouse yet, I calc'late they
must go into the glen itself. They would do that. I allus says
Col' Spring Glen ain't no healthy nor decent place. The whippoorwills
an' fireflies there never did act like they was creaters o' Gawd,
an' they's them as says ye kin hear strange things a-rushin' an'
a-talkin' in the air dawon thar ef ye stand in the right place,
atween the rock falls an' Bear's Den.'
By that noon fully three-quarters
The Dunwich Horror