Rungs on the ladder of success 1



In a culture where so many are focused on climbing ladders of success, fame and fortune, there can be underlying unkindness in the way we treat others. Not necessarily an overt nastiness but an indifference, neglect and undervaluing. And it has its impact. People feel it.

But I feel fortunate to have been raised by parents who demanded and lived out the value that all people were created equal. I recall my father at his work on a demolition site where people would come to buy used building materials. Dad often looked rather unkempt in his work attire and hair standing on end. Some customers looked at him sideways but dad never reacted. He treated everyone the same. He may have been short tempered, distracted or engaged. He couldn’t be boxed in but he never treated people by external appearances or what they could do for him.

I learned from girlhood that people are not rungs on the ladder of success. That any ladders we climb need to be based on hard work, expertise and opportunity – but not at the expense of others.


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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