make the present, a ‘present’ for the future

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Sitting on the deck of river dock, watching the tide go out to sea. The briny water, deep and dark green, ran against the wind.  In the distance, the strong current fighting with the wind, raised the crests to whitecaps, and at the dock, strong eddies formed by the water rushing around the pilings holding up the deck. It was a cool autumn afternoon. With the wind picking up in the last half hour, it would soon be time to go back inside.

“What are you going to do tonight?”

“I want to write for a while, but I am having trouble with the dialogue.”

“I see, you know, I was reading a book the other day. The author was talking about an experiment where people were asked to create a time capsule. They were asked to include comments about their life and expectations for the future, and to put in some mementos. They were also asked to estimate how they expected to feel when they opened the time capsule.”

“A time capsule, now that is something I’ve never done. I don’t think I’ve ever lived anywhere long enough.”


“You live here now. Let’s make one. You know, most of the subjects in the experiment were surprised by the expectation and excitement created by the idea of opening the box and looking inside. To wonder and remember.  The feelings were more than they expected. Nostalgia has value. It is no longer a pathology. It is there for us to reach for and give meaning to today. It gives us the tools to empathize with others and, ‘By recording ordinary moments today, one can make the present a ‘present’ for the future.’(pg 216). “

“OK, we’ll make a time capsule tomorrow, but we need to find a place where the tide won’t wash it away. “


This article originally appeared HERE, and  with supporting material from:


When: The Scientific Secrets of Perfect Timing

by Daniel H. Pink


Dock in Florence Oregon

Haceta Beach, Florence Oregon

The Oregon House. Yachats, Oregon.

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