Help, I need somebody

When I hear the word, ‘Help’, the first thing that comes to mind is the Beatles song… Help, I think I need somebody. Help, not just anybody. Help, you know I need someone. Help!

But it’s the first stanza that resonates with me today.

When I was younger, so much younger than today
I never needed anybody’s help in any way
But now these days are gone, I’m not so self-assured
Now I find I’ve changed my mind and opened up the doors

It’s been an important life lesson. To open up the doors. When we’re younger, we think we can find everything within us – and that we should. Somehow, it’s a sign of weakness to need others.

But as we grow older, we discover the truth to be so very different. We need others. There are times when we all need help. And it’s not a weakness. It’s a need that serves to connect us to one another, learn from one another, support one another and discover our very best in the company of a community.

And by the way my friends, I do appreciate you being round

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.