Goal posts seem to be shifting and in a constant state of flux in the culture that I am living in. I remember conversations with colleagues where we argued the pros and cons of being responsive to trends and events. The present moment is summoning up a range of thoughts and feelings about this issue.

Sometimes, the energy and pace of the ongoing public discourse makes me feel like a fogey. One doesn’t want to miss the boat or be left behind. On the other hand, it is healthy to trust one’s intuition about the state of play.

The term ‘opportunist’ is often used in disparaging terms. Is it unethical to be alert regarding possibilities as they arise?

Short and long distance athletes need to make the most of their attributes while they can.

Working with energy as it ebbs and flows is probably the most sensible way forward.