Most of us have heard of Murphy’s Law. It is the popular adage that says, “Whatever can go wrong, will go wrong” or “Things will go wrong in any given situation, if you give them the chance.” Who wrote Murphy’s Law? No one knows for sure, but we do know its origin goes back pretty far.
Over the years, many other individuals have expanded on Murphy’s Law. Today I would like to share with you 20 corollaries of Murphy’s Law. I hope you have some fun with these:
- Nothing is as easy as it looks.
- Everything takes longer than you think.
- Whenever you set out to do something, something else must be done first.
- Every solution breeds new problems.
- It is impossible to make anything foolproof, because fools are so ingenious.
- The other line moves faster.
- You always find something the last place you look.
- Any tool, when dropped, will roll into the least accessible corner of the workshop. (This law also applies to the top of a tube of toothpaste in the bathroom and a grape in the kitchen.)
- When all else fails, read the instructions.
- Military law: Never share a foxhole with anyone braver than you are.
- Anything can be made to work if you fiddle with it long enough.
- All machines are amplifiers.
- A good plan today is better than a perfect plan tomorrow.
- If you can’t convince them, confuse them.
- The sum of intelligence on the planet is constant. The population is growing.
- Friends come and go; enemies accumulate.
- If a problem causes many meetings, the meetings eventually become more important than the problem.
- To err is human, but to really foul things up requires a computer.
- An expert is someone who knows more and more about less and less until he or she knows absolutely everything about nothing.
- First law of socio-genetics: Celibacy is not hereditary.
Did you enjoy any of these corollaries? If so, which one(s)?
Would you like to add any other corollaries to Murphy’s law below?
PS: Thank you for your prayers for this past weekend retreat in Syracuse. Altogether we were 18 women contemplating and discussing HOPE and her two sisters, FAITH and LOVE–and one of Hope’s daughters, COURAGE. It was a weekend of blessings with some wonderful, faith-filled women. Special thanks to Judy and Melanie for their invaluable assistance!
I thought we could use an upbeat song after reading all these corollaries of Murphy’s Law. So here’s a very positive and lively song by Tasha Layton, an American Idol winner. It’s called “Love Lifting Me” and it reminds us that God’s love and grace are ever-present to help us when things don’t go our way in life.
I invite you to respond to this reflection below. We all love to hear from our readers!