The storms of life 1

It seems culture is currently obsessed with storytelling. With people telling their personal stories. We read them in books, watch them at the movies and listen to them on podcasts.

And for the most part, the biggest stories are those filled with the storms of life. Why is that?

I don’t think it is a Machiavellian side of culture. I think hearing the storms, strategies, failures and triumphs is what we currently need in culture. Much like when you crave a food in response to a deficiency.

For watching others navigate their storms provides us with necessary nutrition. It gives courage hearing of another’s despair and perseverance. It offers hope that the light will shine again. It generates ingenuity and creative thinking in looking at a situation from another angle. And it brings harmony, empathy and community as we recognise our shared experience and shared desire for grace. Even extravagant grace.

It is funny that the storms of life are what can bring us together. And when we add understanding and acceptance, then honest community becomes a beautiful bi-product.

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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