It gets a bit warm out west in the summer, but night times in winter are an entirely different story.  Most of the time it’s dry and as we know, a drought can extend into years. Yet when it rains the resultant floods can cause havoc.

As Aussies we live in a land of contrasts. It can be pouring with rain along the coast but dry as a bone west of The Great Divide. It can be flooding in Rockhampton, yet we might be fighting bushfires in Victoria.

The Fremantle doctor can be a welcome breeze in the afternoon but a cyclone hitting Darwin or Innisfail can wreck enormous havoc.

Our lives tend to lead us through contrasts as well. We can all relate to having periods of great happiness and times of sadness. It seems few things only will remain constant in the whole of our lifetime.

The love partners have for each other can only survive the contrasts of life providing the commitment to love one another is taken seriously.

There will no doubt be periods when the partnership seems to be unbalanced. But as Aussies, we have a history of being able to persist when everything around us seems to be collapsing. If we consider love, more as giving of ourselves than taking from our partner, this might help.

So, throughout the contrasts of our lifetime relationships, let us try to persist in our loving and understanding of each another.

I’m Peter Mack and that’s life.

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