What is it?


So, what’s a Paradoxical Paradigm and what does it have to do with this blog?


On the Who am I? page,  I explained a bit of my me-ness, so here’s a bit of the blog-ness.



A paradox expresses contrasting – sometimes, contradicting – qualities.

A paradigm is a model, or a pattern.

Life, on its very own with little help from us, hands us a variety of paradoxes that we must wrestle with – or ignore.  Think of joy.  Easy, right?  Until it’s hard.  Faced with a very un-joyful situation, we are encouraged to be yet joyful, full of what is very much not in our faces.  Such a contrast life is.


My favorite paradox, or the one I come into contact with the most, is the good ol’ (bad ol’?  human ol’?) battle between spirit and flesh.  Mine, on both counts.


“For what I am doing, I do not understand. For what I will to do,  that I do not practice; but what I hate, that I do.”     Romans 7:15

The Apostle Paul saw the patterns in the paradox.  Some to follow, some not so much, some very much not so much.  Thankfully, he didn’t leave us with the pain of the paradox, as he offers us the promise, Jesus Christ our Lord.  (Romans 7:24-25)


God’s faithfulness to His very own promises has certainly been my salvation where life meets homeschooling, which itself can be paradoxical, rather like where the St. Johns River meets the Atlantic Ocean.



When those paradoxical paradigms of river and ocean, life and homeschooling meet, what do we find? Turbulence.  Many times, it’s all mish-mashy-tumultuous because …

we are approaching one current while attempting to manage the old flow.


When the waves get rough, we want to jump out of the boat!

But we don’t want to.  Not really.


We want to stay in the homeschooling ship, but being tossed hither and yon is not exactly a relaxing stay-cation.

So how do we stay in the boat AND enjoy the ride?

We get out of the box, not the boat.  We toss ineffective patterns like a 1980’s hairstyle.  We find new fabric, we sharpen our scissors, and we begin again.  Each day, a new day.



We embrace the chance to begin again.  And again.  And … again.


I love homeschooling and I live life.



Copyright @2012SuzanneBroadhurst

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