|The first excerpt represents the past or something you must release, and is drawn from Poems by Bronte Sisters:
"Still, let my tyrants know, I am not doomed to wear
Year after year in gloom, and desolate despair;
A messenger of Hope comes every night to me,
And offers for short life, eternal liberty.
"He comes with western winds, with evening's wandering airs,
With that clear dusk of heaven that brings the thickest stars.
Winds take a pensive tone, and stars a tender fire,
And visions rise, and change, that kill me with desire.
"Desire for nothing known in my maturer years,
When Joy grew mad with awe, at counting future tears.
When, if my spirit's sky was full of flashes warm,
|The second excerpt represents the present or the deciding factor of the moment, and is drawn from The Water-Babies by Charles Kingsley:
graceful creature that ever was seen, looking down, with her chin
upon her hand, and paddling with her feet in the water. And when
they came to her she looked up, and behold it was Ellie.
"Oh, Miss Ellie," said he, "how you are grown!"
"Oh, Tom," said she, "how you are grown too!"
And no wonder; they were both quite grown up - he into a tall man,
and she into a beautiful woman.
"Perhaps I may be grown," she said. "I have had time enough; for I
have been sitting here waiting for you many a hundred years, till I
thought you were never coming."
"Many a hundred years?" thought Tom; but he had seen so much in his
|The third excerpt represents the future or something you must embrace, and is drawn from Court Life in China by Isaac Taylor Headland:
On another occasion I was requested to go to the palace of one of
the princes. The fourth Princess, a beautiful little child of
five, was ill with diphtheria, and the first greeting of the
mother as I went in was that she "was homesick to see me." The
child had been ill for several days before they sent for me, and
I told them at once that the case was dangerous. I wanted to do
all I could for them and at the same time protect my own children
from the danger of infection. After the first treatment with
antitoxin she seemed to rally, her throat cleared up, but I soon
found that the poison had pervaded her entire system, and so I
stayed with her day and night.