Please sir, I want some more… 1



Please, sir, I want some more”, was a phrase quietly spoken by Oliver Twist in a request for a little more gruel in a 19th century workhouse.

However it is now better recognised as the rising anthem of greed in the 20th century.

When we sought to be more, do more, have more.

Each became a way to prove oneself: being more through status and titles; doing more through extraordinary effort and drivenness; having more through money and stuff.

Enough has never been quite enough in passing generations.

But in the last few years, I sense a change is in the air.

More has just failed to deliver on its promises.

There’s an undercurrent rising in favour of simplicity, contentment and generosity. Perhaps we recognise that more can no longer mean unrestrained ambition and comparison.

And I think this change largely revolves around motive. Why do we ask for more?

It is wonderful to seek to be more when talking about growing our character and spirit.
Or do more when the aim is to discover and develop our best.
Or have more when wanting to expand and share our resources.

More should be made the domain of personal growth not individual self worth.

I think it’s a simple shift that allows enough to find its place.


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.

One thought on “Please sir, I want some more…

  • AndreaM

    Absolute Gold
    Thank you!!
    I sooooo concur!! I feel like all our “having” is suffocating and smothering our “be”-ing .. Limiting our “do”-ing Like the order is flipped.
    If we “be”whom we authentically are –
    “do” what is placed in our heart to do
    we will always “have” enough..

    It’s a huge challenge in this culture of ours and teaching my children…

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