|The first excerpt represents the past or something you must release, and is drawn from Dreams by Olive Schreiner:
everywhere. And I thought I saw two great figures like beasts of burden of
the desert, and one lay upon the sand with its neck stretched out, and one
stood by it. And I looked curiously at the one that lay upon the ground,
for it had a great burden on its back, and the sand was thick about it, so
that it seemed to have piled over it for centuries.
And I looked very curiously at it. And there stood one beside me watching.
And I said to him, "What is this huge creature who lies here on the sand?"
And he said, "This is woman; she that bears men in her body."
And I said, "Why does she lie here motionless with the sand piled round
And he answered, "Listen, I will tell you! Ages and ages long she has lain
|The second excerpt represents the present or the deciding factor of the moment, and is drawn from A Journal of the Plague Year by Daniel Defoe:
I had no flesh-meat, and the plague raged so violently among the
butchers and slaughter-houses on the other side of our street, where
they are known to dwell in great numbers, that it was not advisable so
much as to go over the street among them.
And here I must observe again, that this necessity of going out of
our houses to buy provisions was in a great measure the ruin of the
whole city, for the people catched the distemper on these occasions
one of another, and even the provisions themselves were often tainted;
at least I have great reason to believe so; and therefore I cannot say
with satisfaction what I know is repeated with great assurance, that
the market-people and such as brought provisions to town were never
A Journal of the Plague Year
|The third excerpt represents the future or something you must embrace, and is drawn from The Riverman by Stewart Edward White:
breaking of the rollways, was little of the spectacular.
Orde, after the rear was well started, patrolled the length of the
drive in his light buckboard. He had a first-class team of young
horses--high-spirited, somewhat fractious, but capable on a pinch of
their hundred miles in a day. He handled them well over the rough
corduroys and swamp roads. From jam to rear and back again he
travelled, pausing on the river banks to converse earnestly with one
of the foremen, surveying the situation with the bird's-eye view of
the general. At times he remained at one camp for several days
watching the trend of the work. The improvements made during the
preceding summer gave him the greatest satisfaction, especially the