|The first excerpt represents the past or something you must release, and is drawn from Far From the Madding Crowd by Thomas Hardy:
looked over the gate, opened it, and went in. Close
to the entrance stood a row of faggots, bound and un-
bound, together with stakes of all sizes.
For a few seconds the wayfarer stood with that tense
stillness which signifies itself to be not the end but
merely the suspension, of a previous motion. Her
attitude was that of a person who listens, either to the
external world of sound, or to the imagined discourse of
thought. A close criticism might have detected signs
proving that she was intent on the latter alternative.
Moreover, as was shown by what followed, she was
Far From the Madding Crowd
|The second excerpt represents the present or the deciding factor of the moment, and is drawn from Tarzan the Untamed by Edgar Rice Burroughs:
could hope successfully to reach the plateau, nor where Tar-
zan, powerful and agile as he was, could have ventured safely
to carry them aloft.
For half a day the ape-man had been either carrying or
supporting Smith-Oldwick and now, to his chagrin, he saw
that the girl was faltering. He had realized well how much
she had undergone and how greatly the hardships and dan-
gers and the fatigue of the past weeks must have told upon
her vitality. He saw how bravely she attempted to keep up,
yet how often she stumbled and staggered as she labored
through the sand and gravel of the gorge. Nor could he help
Tarzan the Untamed
|The third excerpt represents the future or something you must embrace, and is drawn from Eryxias by Platonic Imitator:
SOCRATES: But desires are only the lack of something: and those who have
the greatest desires are in a worse condition than those who have none or
very slight ones?
CRITIAS: Certainly I consider that those who have such wants are bad, and
that the greater their wants the worse they are.
SOCRATES: And do we think it possible that a thing should be useful for a
purpose unless we have need of it for that purpose?
SOCRATES: Then if these things are useful for supplying the needs of the
body, we must want them for that purpose?
CRITIAS: That is my opinion.