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Murphy’s First Law: Nothing is as easy as it looks.
Murphy’s Second Law: Everything takes longer than you think.
Murphy’s Third Law: In any field of endeavor, anything that can go wrong will go wrong.
Murphy’s Fourth Law: If there is a possibility that several things can go wrong, then the one that will cause the greatest damage will be the one to go wrong.
Murphy’s Fifth Law: If anything absolutely can NOT go wrong, it will anyway.
Murphy’s Sixth Law: If you perceive that there are four possible ways in which a procedure can go wrong and circumvent these, then a fifth way, unprepared for, will promptly develop.
Murphy’s Seventh Law: Left to themselves, things tend to go from bad to worse.
Murphy’s Eighth Law: If everything seems to be going well, you have obviously overlooked something.
Murphy’s Ninth Law: Nature always sides with the hidden flaw.
Murphy’s Tenth Law: Mother Nature is a son-of-a-gun.
Murphy’s Eleventh Law: It is impossible to make anything foolproof, because fools are so very ingenious.
Murphy’s Twelfth Law: Things get worse under pressure.
Not long ago, we were in Cracker Barrel (great, now I have a crave on), and this woman was complaining to the manager about her meatloaf. Her face was all distorted, her voice going back and forth between whiney and angry…she was, as Opie would have said, “A sight.”
Two things occurred to me while watching her meltdown – #1. I’d never, ever want to work with people in any way involving their feeding rituals. They get pissy at best, psychotic at worst. #2. People get too flipping tore up these days! You see someone making an ignoramus out of themself daily. They’re furious because the car ahead is driving too slowly, they’re indignant because the car behind them’s on their tail, they’re outraged because they have to stand in line for 2 minutes, they’re on the verge of crying because they got fries instead of onion rings…then we wonder why the rate of heart disease and stress-related disorders are so high.
We’re making ourselves crazy, that’s why!
Sometimes things ARE worth getting upset over. Most of the time, in our day to day experiences, however, they just aren’t worth much more than a raised eyebrow. If it’s really bad, raise both. Any more facial rearranging than this is just plain ugly. You really don’t want to go there.
Oddly enough, one of the things that can help you save face (couldn’t resist) is as simple as 5 little words – “It is what it is.” Next time your internet connection is painfully slow or you come across the worker from hell in JCPenney’s (I’ve met her), just say this phrase. It reminds you to keep things in their proper place, that there are lots of messed up, just plain wrong things that happen to us and around us that are beyond our control.
It’s a laid-back, Sunday afternoon type phrase that’ll see you through the other 6 days. Granted, on Mondays you may have to say it a couple hundred times, but give it a try.
“When you lose control, you’re no longer in control.”
Make each moment count double,