|The first excerpt represents the past or something you must release, and is drawn from A Kidnapped Santa Claus by L. Frank Baum:
When Christmas Day dawned the Daemon of Malice was guarding the
prisoner, and his tongue was sharper than that of any of the others.
"The children are waking up, Santa!" he cried. "They are waking up to
find their stockings empty! Ho, ho! How they will quarrel, and wail,
and stamp their feet in anger! Our caves will be full today, old
Santa! Our caves are sure to be full!"
But to this, as to other like taunts, Santa Claus answered nothing.
He was much grieved by his capture, it is true; but his courage did
not forsake him. And, finding that the prisoner would not reply to
his jeers, the Daemon of Malice presently went away, and sent the
Daemon of Repentance to take his place.
A Kidnapped Santa Claus
|The second excerpt represents the present or the deciding factor of the moment, and is drawn from Seraphita by Honore de Balzac:
violence by the inert force of the mountain to the opposite shore,
gently curved by the spent force of the retreating waves.
The fiord is closed at the upper end by a vast gneiss formation
crowned with forests, down which a river plunges in cascades, becomes
a torrent when the snows are melting, spreads into a sheet of waters,
and then falls with a roar into the bay,--vomiting as it does so the
hoary pines and the aged larches washed down from the forests and
scarce seen amid the foam. These trees plunge headlong into the fiord
and reappear after a time on the surface, clinging together and
forming islets which float ashore on the beaches, where the
inhabitants of a village on the left bank of the Strom-fiord gather
|The third excerpt represents the future or something you must embrace, and is drawn from The Memorabilia by Xenophon:
high repute you come to the opposite. Do you not see how dangerous it
is for a man to speak or act beyond the range of his knowledge? To
take the cases known to you of people whose conversation or conduct
clearly transcends these limits: should you say they gain more praise
or more blame on that account? Are they admired the rather or
despised? Or, again, consider those who do know what they say and what
they do; and you will find, I venture to say, that in every sort of
undertaking those who enjoy repute and admiration belong to the class
of those endowed with the highest knowledge; whilst conversely the
people of sinister reputation, the mean and the contemptible, emanate
from some depth of ignorance and dulness. If therefore what you thirst