"Who are you waiting for?" an old man with gray hair and carduroy suit asked her as he sat down beside her on the park bench.
His wise eyes and wrinkled brow spoke of wisdom and insight gained only through years of living rightly and she wondered if maybe he would understand.
"I’m waiting for the one who can take one look at me, see through all the walls I’ve built up and tell me all of the things I already knew but never had the courage to express, things I would say to myself but never could," she said.
The old man looked at her and gave a little chuckle.
“The mirror of your soul, huh? Well then, you wouldn’t be able to hide anything anymore. The vulnerability that entails, well, doesn’t that frighten you?”
She stopped and paused to think a little and finally replied. “I’ve spent a good fraction of my life in hiding and without even trying, I might add. I imagine it would be rather refreshing to have someone you can’t lie to or hide things from. It might be rather pleasant.”
The old man smiled and said, “My dear, I believe it would be rather pleasant but I’m afraid you won’t find him while sitting down,” and she knew deep down that he was right.
"It’s funny though," the old man added after a while. "You sound just like my youngest son. He’s the one I’m waiting for here."
MATH MYTHS: (from Mind over Math)
1. MEN ARE BETTER IN MATH THAN WOMEN.
Research has failed to show any difference between men and women in mathematical ability. Men are reluctant to admit they have problems so they express difficulty with math by saying, “I could do it if I tried.” Women are often too ready to admit inadequacy and say, “I just can’t do math.”
2. MATH REQUIRES LOGIC, NOT INTUITION.
Few people are aware that intuition is the cornerstone of doing math and solving problems. Mathematicians always think intuitively first. Everyone has mathematical intuition; they just have not learned to use or trust it. It is amazing how often the first idea you come up with turns out to be correct.
3. MATH IS NOT CREATIVE.
Creativity is as central to mathematics as it is to art, literature, and music. The act of creation involves diametrical opposites—working intensely and relaxing, the frustration of failure and elation of discovery, satisfaction of seeing all the pieces fit together. It requires imagination, intellect, intuition, and aesthetic about the rightness of things.
4. YOU MUST ALWAYS KNOW HOW YOU GOT THE ANSWER.
Getting the answer to a problem and knowing how the answer was derived are independent processes. If you are consistently right, then you know how to do the problem. There is no need to explain it.
5. THERE IS A BEST WAY TO DO MATH PROBLEMS.
A math problem may be solved by a variety of methods which express individuality and originality-but there is no best way. New and interesting techniques for doing all levels of mathematics, from arithmetic to calculus, have been discovered by students. The way math is done is very individual and personal and the best method is the one which you feel most comfortable.
6. IT’S ALWAYS IMPORTANT TO GET THE ANSWER EXACTLY RIGHT.
The ability to obtain approximate answer is often more important than getting exact answers. Feeling about the importance of the answer often are a reversion to early school years when arithmetic was taught as a feeling that you were “good” when you got the right answer and “bad” when you did not.
7. IT’S BAD TO COUNT ON YOUR FINGERS.
There is nothing wrong with counting on fingers as an aid to doing arithmetic. Counting on fingers actually indicates an understanding of arithmetic-more understanding than if everything were memorized.
8. MATHEMATICIANS DO PROBLEMS QUICKLY, IN THEIR HEADS.
Solving new problems or learning new material is always difficult and time consuming. The only problems mathematicians do quickly are those they have solved before. Speed is not a measure of ability. It is the result of experience and practice.
9. MATH REQUIRES A GOOD MEMORY.
Knowing math means that concepts make sense to you and rules and formulas seem natural. This kind of knowledge cannot be gained through rote memorization.
10. MATH IS DONE BY WORKING INTENSELY UNTIL THE PROBLEM IS SOLVED. Solving problems requires both resting and working intensely. Going away from a problem and later returning to it allows your mind time to assimilate ideas and develop new ones. Often, upon coming back to a problem a new insight is experienced which unlocks the solution.
11. SOME PEOPLE HAVE A “MATH MIND” AND SOME DON’T.
Belief in myths about how math is done leads to a complete lack of self-confidence. But it is self-confidence that is one of the most important determining factors in mathematical performance. We have yet to encounter anyone who could not attain his or her goals once the emotional blocks were removed.
12. THERE IS A MAGIC KEY TO DOING MATH.
There is no formula, rule, or general guideline which will suddenly unlock the mysteries of math. If there is a key to doing math, it is in overcoming anxiety about the subject and in using the same skills you use to do everything else.
Source: “Mind Over Math,” McGraw-Hill Book Company, pp. 30-43.
Revised: Summer 1999
Student Learning Assistance Center (SLAC)
Southwest Texas State University
Some very good points here.
Honestly, I miss math. I kind of secretly wish there were more of it in medicine. :(
I see you worry about me
as you carefully inspect my face
for discomfort as you inform me
of her existence,
as I catch a glimpse of you
verifying the sincerity of my smiles
itently surveying my reaction
to everything you say,
seaching for the slightest sign of heartache,
or worse, of love for you - a love that refuses to be refused
I know you worry about me
You have no reason to I am okay.
I hear you worry about me
I hear it in your one worded responses
and desperate attempts
to never mention anything about her,
or rather, about the “us” I hoped we would be
I hear it in the wariness of your voice
as you try to recover from a Freudian slip,
an unfortunate reminder
that it is her whom you have chosen,
and not I
I feel you worry about me
I sense it in that moment of hesitation before we hug,
in that millisecond where your defenses go up,
Holding on too loosely,
letting go too quickly,
the distance between us a centimeter greater each time
I feel it in the suddeness of your hands
retreating from mine
in the middle of fiddling with it as you used to out of habit
It’s as if I were contagious, toxic in some way
Please do not worry about me
You have no reason to
I am okay
I know you worry about me.
Please do not.
For now, there is no reason for you to do so.
But I suppose I should tell you this:
what you should worry about
is that by and by,
sometimes, I worry about me too.
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You know those times when you just got your heart broken, and you’re thinking, “I should’ve known, I really should’ve known”? Well, I say, yes, you really should have, but there’s nothing you can do about it now, except take a little time off wallowing and then get your ass off that couch and your guard back up. So I’ve decided to help by preparing a list of situations in which falling in love would only result in heartbreak, to help you avoid repeating the same mistake.
1. Don’t fall in love in a relationship that started off with lust
This is the kind of love story that has graced both the big screen and the small screen many, many times and it had fooled a great many of us into thinking that we, too, could fall in love with a one-night stand. But it’s different here in the real world. Just because you lost your heart when you stumbled back to their place that night, that does not mean they did too. They probably know the difference between a physical and an emotional connection and it’s about time you learn a thing or two on the matter too. Or you’ll end up alone. And heartbroken. And miserable.
It’s easy to hear this owl hoot, but it’s much harder to see. The scops owl blends in with tree trunks and the only giveaway is when their eyes are open.
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