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Biological pattern

I’ve now lived long enough to notice a biological pattern to life – if things go to script.

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The first part of life, your parents nurture you, hopefully helping you become a well-adjusted adult.

Then you nurture your own children, hopefully realising just how important this is before they’ve left home.

Then there comes a point where you begin to nurture your own parents, to the end of their lives.

And finally, your children nurture you back towards home.

Whatever else we do in life, providence has put a pattern in place that seems to haunt us when it is absent.

Seeing the pattern early in life, and realising that we have a role to play in each phase, I hope, will help you play your part as wonderfully as possible. 

paul clark

Paul Clark’s musings can be heard on radio across Australia and at


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