Calm worth cultivating

If friends and family were to describe me, I cannot imagine many would use the word calm. I like action and activity, outcomes and evaluation.

And for the most part, we tend to associate calm with external appearances: sitting quietly reading a book, walking a deserted beach or practicing meditation in silence or white noise.

To be honest, that kind of calm is rarely on my radar.

But I recently read a quote that reminded me of the true value of calm:

When adversity strikes, that’s when you have to be the most calm. Take a step back, stay strong, stay grounded and press on.

This reminds me where calm does its best work. When it’s not necessarily our personality default but it is found in our character. It is the ability to think, act, and gain perspective when we are surrounded with chaos and uncertainty.

Where we have learned to settle in the storm and wait for it to pass.

And that’s a type of calm that is worth cultivating over and over.

About Kelley

Kelley is a speaker, author, overseas aid worker and perpetual student. She is passionate about women and gender issues, both in the local and international context, which underpins her enthusiasm for kinwomen and its contribution to women ‘living their finest life’. In 2014 Kelley completed a Masters in International and Community Development before establishing The Foxglove Project. Foxglove is a registered charity focused on supporting international development projects that are sustainable and driven by indigenous leadership. Kelley’s paid work requires her to travel extensively to evaluate and support projects supported by Australian funds. This experience and networking enables Foxglove to partner with outstanding overseas agencies delivering real opportunities for the poor and vulnerable to lead independent self-determined lives. Kelley combines these passions with a love of family and faith. Across more than 30 years of marriage, Kelley and her husband have worked through many of the challenges of building a relationship while raising three sons. Their boys have now finished high school changing the dynamics of family life and relationships. One of her great joys is sharing parenting lessons and learning from good and bad (sometimes disastrous) experiences. She uses humour and common sense to talk about the everyday challenges facing parents in today’s context.