Auld Lang Syne

Here we are, in a new year.  We look to the new year ahead with expectation that somehow we might make it “better”.  With well-intentioned “New Year’s Resolutions”, wishes of “Happy New Year” to our friends, we look ahead with expectant hope.

Amidst the celebrations of New Year’s Eve, an old tradition was the singing of “Auld Lang Syne” which originated from an old Scots poem from 1788. Wikipedia has a good article about it.  Set to the tune of a traditional folk song, the title may be loosely translated to mean “for (the sake of) old times.”

As we look ahead to this new year, it is worth reflecting on the year that ended, our memories we carry forward, our challenges we faced, our joys, our friendships, our family memories, our loved-ones, our disappointments, our celebrations… our lives. Inasmuch as we look ahead to this new year, this remembering of the past year is just as important because it shaped who we are.

The photographs we took over the past year all capture brief moments in time, fitting together snippets of our life experience like pieces of a puzzle. No one photo tells the whole story.  Over time, we discover which of those images become priceless to us, as we want to hang on to those moments, at least through the photographs.  We remember loved ones who are no longer with us. We embrace occasions we’ll never experience again.

“Photographers deal in things which are continually vanishing and when they have vanished there is no contrivance on earth which can make them come back again.” – Henri Cartier Bresson

For auld lang syne, for the sake of old times, I hope you will remember the good in your life. Say “I love you” to those whom you love. Be thankful. Learn from your mistakes.

Now you are prepared to take on this “new year”.  Make it a great one. Take a few photographs along the way. You’ll want to remember this year.


Kevin Gourley

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