There’s Newton’s Law. You know the one about how every object in the universe attracts every other object in the universe. This is a good one. Gravity is observable–well sort of.
And Copernicus comes in handy when dealing with narcissists. “Copernicus called; it turns out you’re not the center of the universe.” Anyone come to mind?
Then there’s the most famous equation in the world. E = M c2. The energy of a particle is equal to its mass times the square of the speed of light. Right. I can repeat it, but don’t ask me to work with it.
Perhaps the Law I know best–from experience–comes from a man named Murphy. According to the story, “If anything can go wrong, it will” comes from an incident at California’s Edwards Air Force Base in 1949.
Capt. Edward Murphy was working on a project designed to see what happened with sudden deceleration. How much could a person withstand?
When a technician improperly wired a major component Murphy cursed him with “If there is any way to do it wrong, he’ll find it.”
And Murphy’s Law was born.
We’ve experienced a few days of Murphy’s Law. Six blocks from home the car’s transmission died. Really died. We limped home and then made our way, posthaste, to the only car rental agency we could find still open on a busy Saturday afternoon. Very frustrating, but of course, at least we made it home!
Have you ever been to an Apple store on a busy Saturday afternoon? The power cord on my laptop chose this weekend to give up the ghost–followed by the fancy coffee maker–KAPUT!
Vacation is over!
So be it. I may not physically be at the beach, but every time I think back to some of my favorite moments I can be there in my mind. And that’s precisely what I’m doing this week. It’s worth a try, don’t you think?
Our nephew, Thomas, came down one day to surf. The waves weren’t great, but he made the most of it!
And then he took one very eager Sophia out for her first surfing lesson.
She couldn’t have had any more fun!
And right in the middle of the surfing and amazingly close to shore we were treated to a parade of dolphins.
Even a seal swam right up to the shoreline. Someone reported a mama and baby, but you should have seen the excitement when a large, gray shadow appeared right at the shoreline. Shark? We did get quite animated for just a moment, until the nose and fin popped up and it was clearly a seal.
So life has its rhythms and it just follows that after a lovely vacation there are going to be frustrations and events that quickly pull us back to reality.
So here’s another little “law” I might like to keep in mind…
“Even when in the midst of disturbance, the stillness of the mind can offer sanctuary.” –Stephen Richards.
I do breathe a great deal lighter when I’m at the beach. I think I’ll be looking at photos for quite some time!