|The first excerpt represents the past or something you must release, and is drawn from Prufrock/Other Observations by T. S. Eliot:
The voice returns like the insistent out-of-tune
Of a broken violin on an August afternoon:
"I am always sure that you understand
My feelings, always sure that you feel,
Sure that across the gulf you reach your hand.
You are invulnerable, you have no Achilles’ heel.
You will go on, and when you have prevailed
You can say: at this point many a one has failed.
But what have I, but what have I, my friend,
To give you, what can you receive from me?
Only the friendship and the sympathy
|The second excerpt represents the present or the deciding factor of the moment, and is drawn from Essays of Travel by Robert Louis Stevenson:
his despair. 'The ship may go down for me,' he would say, 'now or
to-morrow. I have nothing to lose and nothing to hope.' And again:
'I am sick of the whole damned performance.' He was, like the kind
little man, already quoted, another so-called victim of the bottle.
But Mackay was miles from publishing his weakness to the world; laid
the blame of his failure on corrupt masters and a corrupt State
policy; and after he had been one night overtaken and had played the
buffoon in his cups, sternly, though not without tact, suppressed all
reference to his escapade. It was a treat to see him manage this:
the various jesters withered under his gaze, and you were forced to
recognise in him a certain steely force, and a gift of command which
|The third excerpt represents the future or something you must embrace, and is drawn from Commentary on the Epistle to the Galatians by Martin Luther:
mind the righteousness of Christ, and speaks to the point, saying, "I am an
apostle, not of men, neither by man, but by Jesus Christ, and God the Father,
who raised him from the dead."
VERSE 2. And all the brethren which are with me.
This should go far in shutting the mouths of the false apostles. Paul's
intention is to exalt his own ministry while discrediting theirs. He adds for
good measure the argument that he does not stand alone, but that all the
brethren with him attest to the fact that his doctrine is divinely true.
"Although the brethren with me are not apostles like myself, yet they are all
of one mind with me, think, write, and teach as I do."
VERSE 2. Unto the churches of Galatia.