I’d love to be certain that… 2


“Every human walks around with a certain kind of sadness. They may not wear it on their sleeves, but it’s there if you look deep.” 

Taraji P. Henson

I’d love to be certain that every relationship can be mended.
I’d love to be certain that the world will make peace.
I’d love to be certain that my children will always be safe.
I’d love to be certain that global poverty and inequity can be put right.
I’d love to be certain that people will accept my weaknesses and forgive my mistakes.
I’d love to be certain that we would always include others and celebrate diversity.
I’d love to be certain that the planet will be safe and protected for coming generations.
I’d love to be certain that money and assets and gender would not determine people’s access to status and power.

I’d love to be certain that all of these things will be.

That they will happen tomorrow. Or even in my lifetime.

But instead, I am certain that this is not possible.

So, I set my sights on making certain that I have the resilience, courage and wisdom to face my every day. No matter what it holds. To live out my core values with a flourish. Without fear.

To remember that the world with all of its brokenness is still a beautiful place.

And the lack of certainty does not diminish that for a moment.


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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