Mobius Harmony

January 17, 2020.  As I open mentally and emotionally to the uncertainty of 2020 … this poem honors an experience way, way back in 1983 working for IBM in Boca Raton, FL … I became the lucky alternate when the guy chosen to attend a Santa Monica 4-week class could not go.  The class was Modern Engineering, and its primary purpose was to encourage life-long learning.  We were blessed with UCLA professors delivering all sorts of engineering specifics I had no immediate use for.  But the experience was indeed mind-opening.  Gone was my notion that “engineers” were a super breed.   They were  mathematicians, like me, theirs a specialized focus.

The Mobius band given on completion has been my reminder since that life IS continuous learning, that whatever is occurring right now is both temporary and influential on what follows … everything changing all the time.  I look to the Mobius band as a “walking stick” to steady me through unorientable uncertainty along the path of 2020.

(A Möbius strip, band, or loop, also spelled Mobius or Moebius, is a surface with only one side and only one boundary. The Möbius strip has the mathematical property of being unorientable.)

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19 thoughts on “Mobius Harmony

    1. Thank you, Ken … my mobius sits way high on a shelf so that curious fingers do not probe and perhaps knock it off the base. Nowhere near me when I encountered the prompt “Please don’t touch it. It’s mine!” in a writing group … my mobius came forward instantly. One of several “treasures” from prior career years, the mobius is the only one still applicable.

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  1. What a great metaphor, Jazz. The mobius band represents the pairing of success and failure so well. Your post has inspired me to use this band as a metaphor for karma. I will start working on that today. Thanks so much for the inspiration.

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    1. LuAnne, thank you for the feedback – happy to hear this inspires you.
      Failure is a lesson, showing that the path taken wasn’t the right one, a nudge to change approach … indeed failure and success are inseparable aspects of life’s path.

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