Life is not a done deal

I love this quote by Robert Muller, a past peace activist with the UN.

What the world needs most is openness: open hearts, open doors, open eyes, open minds, open ears, open souls.

It’s a quote that really says it all. The word ‘openness’ applies to so much more than the heart. It is about having the capacity and willingness to know that life is not locked away. It is not a done deal.

It is do-over,
a have a go,
a take another chance,
a learn another lesson,
kind of life.

All the way until it is finally over.

But to live like that, requires that we are open. To the old and the new. There are times we look around and discover that we have left behind or left out our greatest treasures. On other occasions, we need exchange our comfy slippers for fly-knit runners.

For across a lifetime, we remain works in progress. Works of art that are expansive and malleable. With plenty more versions to come.

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.