How I Applied Newton’s Three Laws Of Motion To Improve My Life


One morning on our way to McDonalds for breakfast we passed by the remnants of demolished car repair shops along the road. It rained the night before, whatever was salvageable in the wreckage now buried in muck. Among the rag pickers scavenging the area were some shop owners sitting dejected and hopeless staring in front of the rubble. With their source of income now wiped away they must be feeling that life has dealt them a bad hand. I thought of the families they have to feed. Of their kids who have to go to school. Of how they will manage now.

” But they knew it is illegal all along.” replied my husband when I told him I felt sorry for them.

Which is true. Sometimes we make decisions to do something even though we know we would be on the wrong track and would try to risk it, crossing our fingers, hoping that just for us the universe will adjust and give us the outcome we hope for. This never works. The universe is governed by its own law. Like the law of gravity, what comes up must come down. Except of course if you are a satellite in space. So if it is illegal you will get caught. And if the clouds are dark it will rain.

When these shop owners were earning money even though they knew that one day they will be evicted they probably thought that life was good and fate was smiling on them while on the contrary dark clouds have been hovering over them all this while. When suddenly it poured they then thought tragedy have befallen upon them. I think no misfortune ever happens to us without us initiating it first consciously or unconsciously , unless of course we are really unlucky. Like for example being on an airplane crash. I believe that what ever you put out there is what you will get. I have seen it happened so many times. Their is no shortcut in life. Only hard work pays eventually.

Experience taught me that if I live my life according to Newton’s ‘Three Laws of Motions’ not only will I improve my life but also my perception of it.

1. Newton’s First Law of Motion states that in order for the motion of an object to change, a force must act upon it, a concept generally called inertia. Every body continues in its state of rest, or of uniform motion in a straight line, unless it is compelled to change that state by forces impressed upon it.

Every time I get stuck in my life and I find myself in a rut this law always pops up in my mind. I would always remind myself that I need to start something if I want something to happen to me. If I want to be a published author I have to stop dreaming about it and start writing something. Just write, write,write. Keep on writing. If your stuff is good someone will notice. At least start writing. Waiting for something to happen to you while doing nothing at all never never works.

When I was still in school and was looking for something to supplement my allowance I would submit short stories to local magazine publications. Some stories got rejected but some got published as well. But these companies pay very little so I thought of applying as a writer/ illustrator for a comic publishing company. I didn’t know anything about writing or drawing for comics then but I like writing stories and illustrating them. I thought there was no harm in trying. I even got lost looking for their office and I had to walk around in circles for half an hour before finally getting there. I informed the guard I wanted to apply as a writer who told me to go to one editor who laughed at me and told me to ask one lady editor if she can give me a job. The lady editor, ma’am Cely, took a liking to my stories and sketches. A few months later I was a regular contributor to various publications.

From this I learned how to approach all my succeeding ventures in life. I will figure out what I want to do and do it. Most of the time it worked for me.

2. Newton’s Second Law of Motion defines the relationship between acceleration, force, and mass.
The acceleration produced by a particular force acting on a body is directly proportional to the magnitude of the force and inversely proportional to the mass of the body.

In my life this means you cannot not go very far if you are weigh down with insecurities, fear and ego. Lose these baggages and just keep on going and you will not even realize you have reached the finish line and you have achieved your dreams.

had I let my fear of rejection got in my way I would not gotten that job at the comic publication. If I did not put my ego aside when that editor laughed at me I would have turned back and went home to cry. But I was able to ignore the insult and achieved what I came there for.

3. Newton’s Third Law of Motion states that any time a force acts from one object to another, there is an equal force acting back on the original object. If you pull on a rope, therefore, the rope is pulling back on you as well. To every action there is always opposed an equal reaction; or, the mutual actions of two bodies upon each other are always equal, and directed to contrary parts.

These law serves to remind me that I cannot always get my way. One, people think differently
and that for every idea I have some one else might think differently and this is not a bad thing. It just is. I will not stress over it. Just learn to agree to disagree. Two, events can go against my favor for I am just one of the 7 billion human being trying to make it in this world and the universe does not cater to me alone. Learn to accept and be patient until you get your turn.

With these in mind I rarely blame, fate, destiny, universe or other people for the outcome of my life. My decision making plays a very big part in it. When I’ve thrown all I can in the universe that’s when I sit and wait for magic to happen.


19 thoughts on “How I Applied Newton’s Three Laws Of Motion To Improve My Life

  1. Sometimes the laws are black and white and harsh, and then we need honest and compassionate judges to bring forth interpretations of colour in the gray-zone between left and right and to have mercy in the light of failure.

    1. That is a much deeper subject than what I wish to convey here, I must admit that my approach is clinical and as you say in life most of the things are not black and white but somewhat I have this conviction that if you don’t do bad things no bad will come to you in all tiny aspect of your life and that not all victims are innocent. I also want to ponder more about this topic that you have raised. I will give it a lot of thought.

      1. I did suffered from my own stupidities before, I blamed no one but me, did I ask for mercy, i don’t remember. I found no mercy from anyone but I survived the pain and learned well from that mistake.

      2. Yes, after I commented I noticed that I went too deep here. But there is no way to remove a written comment 🙂
        Basically I was touched by your introductory example, also by the fact that in an earlier post nobody seems to help anyone in India: “it’s ‘their’ karma”, “that happens in their caste”.
        This striking lack of compassion, brought about by a cocktail of a still suppressing conformist culture, the recent regression into a narcissistic consumer society, and the hesistant first steps of meritocracy, is to me the least appealing side from India as seen from my far away perspective.
        The reasons they give for not helping are stranger even: “If you help at an accident the police will harass you”
        This might still be true in certain states but in my limited experience, I have seen no such things at all.
        Indeed, food for thought for a series of blog posts. Thx for stirring my attention.

        1. Thank you for giving me another subject to think about. In my experience this is not always the case here. I have met a lot of people here who no longer subscribe to that kind of thinking, they help those in need regsrdless of caste or because of it.I guess because the population is large there are a lot of them who still adhere to this kind of belief. Actually I have a lot of things to say about the subject as this what also disturbed me when i first started living here. But like you my experience in the matter iais also limited to what I read in the newspaper since those I met have not displayed this kind of behavior.

          1. That is my perception too, In India, I confined to a little world where in my experience I only met wonderful people. But getting through to anybody else, by just even trying to start a conversation is difficult to say the least.

  2. very well said.. bumalik ako sa college nung nabasa ko yung newton laws.. very true and very simple.. magawa nga rin yan… ehehehehe.. nice read jofelyn!! *kaway kaway*

  3. Hi is nice of you to visit my site .Wishing you a sweet and joyous new year.jalal

  4. Thank you for sharing your wisdom here, Jofelyn. You are one wonderful soul. I remember Paulo Coelho once said, “The secret of life is to fall seven times and rise eight times”. I guess that applies to your theory of the second law of Newton then. 😉

    Subhan Zein

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