No apologies for hope 2

2020 has been a difficult year. Both for the global world and my world. My personal world. I have experienced once in a lifetime losses which have asked me to dig deep into the well of my values, my identity and my relationships. Gosh it has been challenging.

But now that months have passed, I am having the opportunity to look back. To see what has been left behind and I have discovered as much beauty as struggle.

I have found a new empathy for others. I have always loved people and felt an understanding for their pain. Now I feel that pain. Now I know the way it can make you undone and cause you to wonder if you can ever bring the pieces back together again.

I have found new depths of courage. I have always thought of myself as resilient and determined but these qualities have been put to the test and I have survived. And done so without guilt and regret. Without breaking.

And finally, I have found new hope. Pollyanna is my middle name but now she is all grown up. She has looked over the mountain and seen that there are slopes, potholes, caves and new mountains to climb – but she doesn’t hesitate for a moment. She runs at her future.

No regrets. No apologies.

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.

2 thoughts on “No apologies for hope

  • Anne Munslow-Davies

    Encompassing the raw feelings of true deep loss with the balancing act of moving forward and appreciating the beauty that was in those relationships, you certainly did.
    Hard to get there, but possible (I know) and rewarding.
    Nicely put Mrs Chisholm. 🙂

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