It is so difficult to fix a broken equation. Sometimes, it may be easier to give up and try to find another equation to work on. It is easier because it is new to us. Repeating the same mistakes over and over on the old equation leads us further and further into frustration and denial. We like new equations because we feel they will be different than the old equation and will lead us somewhere new.
We see these equations all around us being broken and found and solved. If there is legal involvement, we're talking about marriage and divorce. If we're looking at middle school or high school again, it's the vicious dating cycle. It doesn't always have to be a romantic relationship though, we see it happen between friends, coworkers and every day people on the street.
While perusing facebook this morning, a friend posted the quote
As the relationship grows stronger, the ice builds. One might compare this to a lake that isn't quite strong enough to go skating or ice fishing. Perhaps it still has holes in it.