|The first excerpt represents the past or something you must release, and is drawn from The Large Catechism by Dr. Martin Luther:
equality with other estates, but that it precedes and surpasses them
all, whether they be that of emperor, princes, bishops, or whoever they
please. For both ecclesiastical and civil estates must humble
themselves and all be found in this estate as we shall hear. Therefore
it is not a peculiar estate, but the most common and noblest estate,
which pervades all Christendom, yea which extends through all the
In the second place, you must know also that it is not only an
honorable, but also a necessary state, and it is solemnly commanded by
God that, in general, in all conditions, men and women, who were
created for it, shall be found in this estate; yet with some exceptions
|The second excerpt represents the present or the deciding factor of the moment, and is drawn from Far From the Madding Crowd by Thomas Hardy:
like the lights of a ship's cabin, with wood slides-
The lamb, revived by the warmth began to bleat"
instant meaning, as expected sounds will. Passing
from the profoundest sleep to the most alert wakefulness
with the same ease that had accompanied the reverse
operation, he looked at his watch, found that the hour-
hand had shifted again, put on his hat, took the lamb
in his arms, and carried it into the darkness. After
placing the little creature with its mother, he stood and
carefully examined the sky, to ascertain the time of
night from the altitudes of the stars.
Far From the Madding Crowd
|The third excerpt represents the future or something you must embrace, and is drawn from The Octopus by Frank Norris:
She was listless, apathetic, calm with the calmness of a woman
who knows she can suffer no further.
"We are going away," she told Presley, as the two sat down at
opposite ends of the dining table. "Just Magnus and myself--all
there is left of us. There is very little money left; Magnus can
hardly take care of himself, to say nothing of me. I must look
after him now. We are going to Marysville."
"You see," she explained, "it happens that my old place is vacant
in the Seminary there. I am going back to teach--literature."
She smiled wearily. "It is beginning all over again, isn't it?