Murphy’s Law and beyond

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Don’t know about you, but this last bit of this year (just like the year before) is running away from us at breakneck speed. We have so much that we still want to achieve this year and December is already winking at us. We’re not even going to mention Christmas carols blaring in the shops…

During this year-end craziness, we are all too aware of Murphy’s Law: Whatever can go wrong, WILL go wrong. Apparently, this law got its name from Edward Murphy, an aeronautics engineer, who complained that things would always go wrong at the worst possible time.

Here are some add-on laws (from a site claiming that it contains “all the laws of Murphy in one place“) that most people can relate to:

  • If there is a possibility of several things going wrong, the one that will cause the most damage will be the one.
  • When left to themselves, things tend to grow from bad to worse.
  • If everything seems to be going well, you have obviously overlooked something.
  • Nothing is as easy as it looks.
  • Everything takes longer than you think.
  • “Murphy was an optimist.”
  • Every solution breeds new problems.
  • It is impossible to make anything foolproof, because fools are so ingenious.
  • If there is a 50% chance of success, that means there is a 75% chance of failure.
  • If for some reason Murphy’s Law fails to operate, it is building up for something big.

So here’s our advice: Plan as if there will be bumps in the road, so that you’ll be better prepared – and then you might just end up with most things going right.

And if that doesn’t work, we’ll do rain dances with this quote from the movie The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel:

“Everything will be all right in the end … and if it’s not all right then it’s not yet the end.”

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