Ever heard of Murphy’s Law?
Anything that can go wrong, will go wrong.
I experienced the power of this law full-force today. It seemed like a chain of reactions – the first thing in the morning, something went wrong, and everything else that followed was on the flip-side. The thing is, I tend to get a little more negative about the rest of the day with every event that goes wrong, and it reached a point where I was questioning if the day could get any worse. What more could happen? No guesses as to the answer to that question.
“Yes Niru, your day is capable of getting worse.” answered the little voices in my head.
…They were right.
You’d have thought that would have been the end of it. But no. I hit a brick wall of every negative emotion defined in the history of mankind; I ended up just accepting the fact that today would be a pathetic day and there was nothing I could about it but sit back and wallow morosely in my own pessimism. That’s when the light bulb in my head went off.
I was running away from my obstacles.
I have always had a tendency to do that. Whenever I face a problem I think I am not capable of handling, I run the other way rather than confronting it upfront. Too bad I can’t outrun it. Plus, you know, that is the wrong way to approach life. The obstacle isn’t going to vanish on its own just because I keep hoping it will, if I never deal with it. I’ve got to try and make peace with it.
I had been running from every uncomfortable situation that had cropped up throughout the day, convinced that Murphy’s Law would sabotage it. I didn’t give it a second look, or a second chance. Perhaps I should have, and the mere disruption in the Law’s plans would’ve dazed it enough for me to prove it wrong.
Most of all, I would’ve gained some of the confidence I had lost.
If I had not been looking over my shoulder when I was running away from the problems, I would not have hit the brick wall. If I had not hit the brick wall, I would not have been caught by a tumultuous wave of problems, entangled with one another while sprinting after me, adding a broken spirit and a panicked mind (Those things exist!) to my list of injuries. If I had not been caught, I would have just kept running, and never learnt my lesson.
Yet I did get caught today, and I did learn something after reading this chapter of my life.
Life isn’t a race; it’s not our job to make it one. It isn’t a race to see who can outrun their problems the fastest – it’s a journey that is unique and shaped differently for everyone. 🙂 (We’ve all got different perceptions on life, and I’ve written about mine here – The Answer To Life, The Universe, And Everything.)
So no matter how scary it may seem, we have to address our problems whenever they come knocking at our doors, and send them on their way. There is no point in inviting them in for tea and trying to slip out of the back door. No, you’ll just get caught in the act and then you’ll have to face the mighty force of the problem’s wrath. 😀
The Law works only as long as I believe in it. I fell for the trick today, but you know what they say – once bitten, twice shy. Murphy’s Law can’t stop me if I don’t want it to. So the next time it decides to play a cruel trick on me, I’ll play a cruel trick on it. I’ll fight back, and prove to myself and others that no one needs to let an adage rule over a day, least of all over one’s life.
Have you ever had an encounter with Murphy’s Law, or any other adage? What did you think of the experience?
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