Life is an Experiment 1

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When we talk about a topic like MAKING MISTAKES, I think immediately of my favourite quote by Winston Churchill,

“Success is going from one failure to the next without losing enthusiasm.”

I love it. And I live it.

I happily repeat the story of the time I spoke at an international conference – with my pants inside out. Or the clear disasters I have made when raising my sons – like the time I sent my son off to swimming lessons with a broken arm. Yep, another big miss in my parenting balance.

Perhaps people think I am living in denial when I make a mistake and move on with comparable ease. Telling the stories of failure in parenting, work, relationships and social etiquette without embarrassment. But I am not in denial. I am merely closely acquainted with the understanding that to fail is to be human.

And when we talk about our failings, others experience the relief and encouragement that comes from knowing they are not alone in this experiment called life.

So, own up to your mistakes. Don’t hide them away with shame and guilt. Look them in the face and tell them you are learning and growing. A work in progress.


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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  • Elaine Fraser

    I love your mistakes, Kelley and I love the way you talk about them. You make it seem normal and not an impediment to making progress or succeeding. Mistakes are a part of life and can be a good part of the process. Love your wisdom! xxx

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