Picture this: It’s your first day of work at your dream job, and you want to make a great impression by showing up prepared and on-time. To accomplish this, you went to bed early, packed all your work supplies in a bag and left them by the door, and even pre-made your lunch the night before.
Flawless, right? That is until you wake up thirty minutes late because your alarm failed to go off, miss your bus by seconds, and arrive to work nearly an hour behind schedule. Oh, and if that wasn’t bad enough, you’ve also forgotten to bring your supplies—and lunch.
Sound familiar? If you’ve faced something like this before, you’re not alone. Such a phenomenon is known as Murphy’s Law, which states: “Anything that can go wrong will go wrong.” Let’s take a look at Murphy’s set of universal rules to see if they hold any merit.
High Value, Short Lifespan
Do you often find yourself dropping your phone more often than you expect, or come home to find your dog eating an important college textbook? According to one of Murphy’s Laws, “Matter will be damaged in direct proportion to its value.”
As such, the more value you receive from an item, the more likely it is to be damaged, and vice versa. Of course, basic logic suggests this is true: If you use something more often, there’s a higher chance it’ll become worn-out or accidentally damaged (i.e., dropping your phone in the water after taking half a dozen selfies by a fountain).
For those with busy lives, it’s common to lose keys, documents, or even a phone. However, how often do you end up actually finding them if they’re really lost—and does it seem as if you only recover the original item once you replace it?
If this sounds familiar, you may have fallen victim to the Law that states, “You never find a lost article until you replace it.” Coincidentally—or perhaps not—this rule ties into the previous Law. The more you use an item, the more likely it is to get lost—or damaged.
Logically, you’re also more likely to find a lost item once it’s been replaced, as your thinking process won’t be clouded by panic.
Diehard optimists might not like this next Law: “Smile. Tomorrow will be worse”. While it comes across as incredibly pessimistic, there’s some wisdom to learn here.
For one, this Law encourages us to focus on the present, and enjoy what we have rather than allow the future to distract us—no one ever knows what might happen tomorrow. On the logical front, this Law also makes quite a bit of sense. Even if tomorrow is great for you, chances are it’ll be far worse for someone else.
Besides, bad things don’t ever stop occurring. Technically speaking, tragedies of the past don’t disappear with a new day—they stack on top of each other. Tomorrow will just add more onto the pile, even if you’re not personally affected.
Murphy’s Laws might sound a little ridiculous on the surface, but look a little deeper, and they can actually provide useful guidance for our lives. Even if these Laws don’t hold up on a day-to-day basis, they’re still a powerful reminder to stay prepared, and remain appreciative of what you have.