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The world according to Murphy

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Have you ever had one of those days where everything just seemed to work out right?

Let’s say you were driving down a busy boulevard, in a rush to get to the grocery store and get back home in time to feed the kids lunch. Every single traffic light you approach just turned green and you didn’t even have to slow down.

Then you turn into the parking lot and just as you near the store someone pulls out and gives you a prime parking spot right in front of the main entrance.

How about selecting the fastest line up at the grocery store? The shortest line isn’t always the fastest and maybe you chose a longer line that sped right along. Meanwhile, those people in the short line have been held up by a credit card problem or a price check. You are amazed at your good fortune.

Walking back out to your car, you shift all of your bags into your right hand so you can retrieve your keys and lo and behold they are in your left pocket  and you have the proper hand free to get them. You pull out of the lot and no one is coming either way, enabling you to head home, through the first of many green lights once again.

After getting home, a piece of buttered bread falls off the counter and lands on the kitchen floor... buttered side up!

If this is the type of day you’ve experienced, you have experienced Yhyprum’s Law, which states that "everything that can go right, will go right."

Most of us live by the opposite law. Yhprum is Murphy spelled backwards and most of us know that Murphy’s Law states "anything that can go wrong will go wrong."

You’re more likely to run into a couple of red lights when you’re in a hurry, just as you’re more likely to drive around searching in vain for a good parking spot. If I choose a line in a busy store, I’ll choose the wrong one and I can’t count the number of times I have shifted the grocery bags to the wrong hand in order to get my keys! As for my buttered bread landing buttered side up? Fuggedaboudit!

There are ways to reduce our Murphy’s Law experiences if we plan better.

For example, if I have a doctor’s appointment on Friday morning and I make sure my clothes are ready to go on Thursday evening and my car keys are hanging where they should be and my gas tank is full and my alarm clock is set... there’s a good chance Murphy will be circumvented. If I wake up late or I’m running around looking for certain items of clothing or my keys at the last minute or I run out of gas on the way... that is Murphy’s Law at its best.

How many times have you experienced Murphy’s Law this week?

Rick Sparling is a community correspondent for East Kildonan.

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