Storm fit

How do you navigate the storms of life? How do you make sense of situations that feel out of control and come out of the blue? The image of a storm is often associated with a sense of suddenness and helplessness.

How do YOU respond?

Some shrink back and hide, others run toward it, some put their head in the sand and others simply run away – unwilling to face the suffering or the risk.

When my son was 4 years old, he created a strategy for any impending storm. He would do what came to be known as the ‘dead man’s drop’. If he perceived trouble was looming (and most often he read it like a children’s novel), he would fall to the ground. Play dead. If you tried to lift him, you were lifting a dead weight. In the early days, it was hilarious. But there came a day when it was no longer acceptable. And instead came discussions, decisions, consequences and apologies.

For storms come to us all.

But storms also pass. They stay for a season and in that season, we learn how to hold on, set our compass and keep sailing. Because becoming ‘storm fit’ is an essential quality of the resilient adult.

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.