|The first excerpt represents the past or something you must release, and is drawn from The Death of the Lion by Henry James:
propensity to wait all day is not in general characteristic of her
race. I was enlightened probably not so much by the spirit of the
utterance as by some quality of its sound. At any rate I saw she
had an individual patience and a lovely frock, together with an
expression that played among her pretty features like a breeze
among flowers. Putting her book on the table she showed me a
massive album, showily bound and full of autographs of price. The
collection of faded notes, of still more faded "thoughts," of
quotations, platitudes, signatures, represented a formidable
I could only disclose my dread of it. "Most people apply to Mr.
|The second excerpt represents the present or the deciding factor of the moment, and is drawn from The Sportsman by Xenophon:
Palamedes, Odysseus, Menestheus, Diomed, Castor and Polydeuces,
Machaon and Podaleirius, Antilochus, Aeneas and Achilles: of whom each
in his turn was honoured by the gods. And let none marvel that of
these the greater part, albeit well-pleasing to the gods, nevertheless
were subject to death--which is the way of nature, but their fame
has grown--nor yet that their prime of manhood so far differed. The
lifetime of Cheiron sufficed for all his scholars; the fact being that
Zeus and Cheiron were brethren, sons of the same father but of
different mothers--Zeus of Rhea, and Cheiron of the nymph Nais; and
so it is that, though older than all of them, he died not before he
had taught the youngest--to wit, the boy Achilles.
|The third excerpt represents the future or something you must embrace, and is drawn from Wyoming by William MacLeod Raine:
"It isn't a personal matter at all," she assured him, with a
touch of impatient hauteur.
"It s a heap personal to me."
In spite of her healthy young resentment she laughed at the way
in which he drawled this out, and with a swift sweep her boyish
eyes took in again his compelling devil-may-care charm. She was a
tenderfoot, but intuition as well as experience taught her that
he was unusual enough to be one of ten thousand. No young Greek
god's head could have risen more superbly above the brick-tanned