Murdering Murphy’s Law
Good ole Murphy’s Law. You’ve heard it, heard about it, even asked about what it means but can never get a clear answer! All you know is “anything that can possibly go wrong will go wrong”. It seems to be nothing more than a super depressing catchphrase people say when you spill your whine. “Ohh! Murphy’s Law!” And you just stare at them with a straight faced emoji as if to say, “How is that helping?”
It’s interesting to find out that there is actually a whimsical story about the creation of Murphy’s Law that has nothing to do with algorithms and nuclear physics. I’ll quote it from another article on InterestingFacts.org
Murphy’s Law is a witticism which states that ‘anything that can possibly go wrong will go wrong’. The Law came into recognition at the Edward’s Air force Base at North Base in 1949. It was named after Captain Edward Murphy, who had been working on an Air Force Project MX981, which was designed to see the level of deceleration one can stand during an air crash. During a particular incident, after discovering a faulty wiring of transducer, Murphy cursed the technician responsible by saying “If there is any way to do it wrong, he will find it.” The contractor’s project manager, who kept a list of all the laws, named this one as ‘Murphy’s Law’. Murphy hated when someone used his name for absurd theories of “Why does buttered bread always land butter-side down?” He was the victim of his own Law.
It’s reassuring to know that Murphy’s Law isn’t some statistically proven, mathematical equation but only a witticism of a pessimistic Air Force Captain. Does this law pose some good points? Of course! Yet there are ways I believe we can beat this timeless policy of inevitable doom and even replace it with a bright sided future!
1. The best is yet to come!
Whether you want to replace Murphy’s Law with the good ole “Franky Blue Eyes” song or the paraphrase of scripture “1 Corinthians 2:9” its fine! Instead of dwelling on the idea that “every possible bad thing that could go wrong-will”, we can train ourselves to see that there is a divine plan for our lives. Even if things go wrong, great things are coming, life is getting better and in the words of Facebook cliches, if it’s not happy it’s not the end.
However, as it is written: “What no eye has seen, what no ear has heard, and what no human mind has conceived” — the things God has prepared for those who love him.” -1 Corinthians 2:9
2. Under Promise, Over Prepare, Over Deliver
The reality of life is that things go wrong. The trick is to not contribute to the funk. Developing a system of checks and balances with your work load, relationships and priorities will help you see less disaster zones.
(Under Promise) Don’t promise to be at two places at once, make your life easier and under promise!
(Over Prepare) Say no to one, get as much of your work done that weekend as possible.
(Over Deliver) When you show up to the event you were invited to (assuming an RSVP wasn’t expected) your presence is a pleasant surprise!
As opposed to the opposite, where you promise the world, rush to finish all of your work half way through, and let everyone down when you can’t make it to anyones event.
3. Define What “Going Wrong” Means
In the grand scheme of life, business, faith and love; not much should really weigh on your heart except your family and their emotional, spiritual and physical safety. Defining how important something was once it went “wrong” will help you create priority in your life. If someone bails on a creative project and you’re forced to scramble to replace them, this is not Murphy’s Law as much as it is Romans 5:4 “but we rejoice in our sufferings, knowing that suffering produces endurance, and endurance produces character, and character produces hope“.
There have been several hundreds of add on conclusions to Murphy’s Law including “If there is a possibility of several things going wrong, the one that will cause the most damage will be the FIRST to go wrong.” to which I can only respond: When you change the definition of and change the reaction to the word “wrong”, the law no longer applies to you. As people of faith we know that our Author has created science for us to live with but is also a Father of restoration. So if something does go wrong, God says not only will He make it right again, but He will make it better than we could have ever imagined.