Faith in the New Year

Faith and Time 2015

Anniversaries on calendars are simply markers of the Sun and the Earth occupying the same relationship as they did roughly 365 days ago.  We didn’t make this up.  It happens on its own – but in calendars we have the tools to mark each past, present and future occurrence. With those tools we mark the progress and flow of how we think about time – or at least how we think about the cycle of the relationship between the Sun and the Earth.  These anniversaries provide us with milestones – markers on our journey that we may better know the landscape of our lives here.  They have helped us tame the cycle of seasons into productive seasons of food and growth, exploration and discovery.

John Donne: “Love, all alike, no season knows, nor clime,

Nor hours days, months which are the rags of time.”

These “rags” we use to measure our days spill over in our heads to our other immeasurables like love and faith and it is tempting to quantify them alike.  But they are different.  We don’t use a weight scale to determine IQ (or do we?) or an IQ scale to describe beauty or beauty to measure distance.  Like time and space, we are much more than the sum of our parts.

Richard Bach: “What are we trying to practice everyday?  If our friendship depends on things like space and time, then when we finally overcome space and time, we’ve destroyed our own brotherhood!”

As a small gift, please accept this calendar as a marker of my gratitude to you as a friend and patron of this compendium of photography and thought.  Clicking on the link above should open it as a PDF, ready to go.  Small surprise, it is a calendar for the coming year presented in a flow pattern, circling back upon itself by the time the year comes to a close.

Should you like to print it, it is built for an 11X17 full bleed poster.  However, per your email request to eric@ericcookimages.com, I will happily mail one to you.   It is printed on 11X17″ card stock and mountable as such, but hangs nicely as is.

The words on it are not mine, but Helen Keller’s.  Her small treatise on faith is one of the best pieces of succinct prose to come out of the 20th century, and it is my faith that it will make the world a better place with a wider audience.

May the coming year hold all of the challenges and prizes that make it worth your while.

I’ll be sure to see you there.

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