December 7 Day 274: Math Metaphor

Without a doubt, 2020 has been the year of change. Out of necessity, how we work and where we work from are no longer what they were in the past. The struggle to adjust to a new reality has been exhausting—mentally, physically, and emotionally.

Moving forward we need to manage this change better. The first step is deciding on a role in the process. Would you rather:

  • Go with the flow? Being moved by external forces until pushed to oblivion or a stable equilibrium OR
  • Adjust the forces around you and influence your ultimate solution?

There is much to be said about living in the moment. But if there is an opportunity to move closer to stability, wouldn’t you take it? And if there is a choice as to which equilibrium to move closer to, how do you choose?

How often have you heard the quote “Change is the only constant in life” (attributed to Greek philosopher Heraclitus)? Change to address a crisis is a necessity. Managing that change to minimize negative impact is a duty. But change for the sake of change is just busy work.

Featured image is the slope field generated in GeoGebra of

Published by Jenny Quinn

Mathematician. Mother. Wife. Leader. I am a professor of mathematics at the University of Washington Tacoma. Mother of Anson and Zachary. Wife to Mark. President of the Mathematical Association of America.

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