Lenses for Life

Dr. Deborah J. Goodwin

Daughter, sister, wife, mother, grandmother, mother again, Christian, niece, aunt, friend, preacher’s kid, preacher’s wife, writer, presenter, teacher, principal, consultant, superintendent, professor. ( Not all at the same time, but several.)


Each of us views the world through a unique set of lenses. These lenses make up our personal paradigm and dictate how we evaluate thoughts and ideas, and how we interact with people, other paradigms, politics and religion. We develop our life lenses as we grow and live in this world and interact with others. It is like looking through a kaleidoscope and just about the time we think we have things figured out, bang, we hear someone say something we had not thought about, or we read something that speaks to us, or hear a sermon that convicts us, or hear a song that touches us, or meet someone new with a different paradigm, or experience a life-changing event; and these phenomena turn the kaleidoscope and we see through a new lense. We incorporate new lenses into the way we view the world and create a new paradigm, and that new paradigm affects how we think, what we do, and what we say, defining who we are. Acquiring new lenses and adapting new paradigms are signs of growth, which is a sign of life. I love to share the lenses I have and do look through in the areas of persona; growth, spiritual growth, and professional growth.