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“The truth is unless you let go unless you forgive yourself unless you forgive the situation, unless you realize that the situation is over, you cannot move forward.”
Steve Maraboli

LETTING GO of offence. When was the last time you had the opportunity to be offended?

Honestly and deeply offended. Was it last week, yesterday or today?

Did it floor you? Did it come unexpectedly? Or was it the same old pattern or the same old relationship?

And at that moment, what did you do?

I love the way language gives us an inkling. We use the phrase, ‘to take offence’. As if it’s an offer made to us. Held out to us. Telling us, ‘take me if you dare’.

And at that moment we have a choice. I can take this or I can LET IT GO. I can let it pass by and in that decision lies freedom and wholeness and hope. It’s not a running away or an unwillingness to address an issue. But it is a recognition that I can be responsible for my own emotional health and any resolutions come second.

LETTING GO is a beautiful alternative in a world of judgement, defensiveness and fighting back. A little like turning the other cheek.


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.

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