I was watching a TV series set in the 1900s. Having enjoyed unanticipated success, season four had to suddenly deal with the reality of a World War.

Carrying a mask

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The main storyline had to give way to bigger global events, and you could tell the writers were struggling to make the impact of the war real as they wanted to protect their main characters and ongoing storylines.

We all feel a bit like this don’t we? Life was going about its business, and we felt in charge, but a global pandemic cut across everything, upsetting our storylines and robbing us of control.

I have no easy answer. Life won’t return to normal in season five. Is it enough to know bigger concerns have always cut across everything for our ancestors, and they survived?

Perhaps these times remind us what is truly important.

Paul Clark’s musings can be heard on radio across Australia and at atthetop.org.au