The amazing smell of the night’s dinner being prepared in the neighbour’s kitchen wafts over the fence to tantalise my senses. My nose goes into overdrive trying to determine what’s on the menu this night for their family.

Our sense of smell is important in our life.  It alerts us when the garbage is a bit on the bugle, when the toast is burning or when we’re driving past a biscuit factory or a cattle truck.

Some people have made their fortune producing products that replace unpleasant odours in our bathrooms and under our arms.  Others offer delicate fragrances to tempt and allure us.

Most people will agree, it’s always wise to keep our nose out of other people’s business.  Yet, sometimes we’ll use this as an excuse not to go and introduce ourselves to the new neighbours, or even say, G’day, to those who have lived around us for years.  Genuine friendliness toward our neighbours can hardly brand us as, ‘Nosy Parkers’.

Perhaps as we go through life, we should ensure our nose is pointing in the direction we are travelling.  If we walk around with our noses in the air, we will surely trip up along the way.

I’m Peter Mack and that’s life.

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