It has been my experience that things happen in threes. But why? Why do events happen in threes?
IT SEEMS ALL TOO REAL
I have lived this truth too many times. A couple of years ago, we had one of these patterns. First, our washing machine broke, followed by a pipe breaking under our kitchen sink, capped off by a major clog in one of our toilets.
New washing machine $525
Repaired pipe $320
Snaking of toilet $180
Total damage $1025
Cha-ching, cha-ching, cha-ching. By the way, just because it says “flushable wipes,” beware. We used these type of wipes while potty training my oldest and this was the sole cause of the costly clog.
Of course, this rule of three may not always consist of adverse incidents. As mentioned in my bio, I landed my first teaching job, got engaged/married, and bought a house all in a single year. These were all great and very exciting events!
THE QUESTION REMAINS, WHY DO EVENTS HAPPEN IN THREES?
Let’s examine and explore:
1) Narratives typically follow a three act structure.
- First act is the exposition (introduction)
- Second act includes the rising action
- Third act features the climax, falling action, and resolution
2) In children’s fairy tales, many plots highlight the rule three. For instance, we are all familiar with Goldilocks and the Three Bears and The Three Little Pigs.
3) In religion, there is the Christian doctrine of The Holy Trinity.
4) In the standard oration, speakers often look to include three attributes that stress the major points or reinforce a critical idea in their speech. For example:
- “Life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.” – the American Declaration of Independence
- “Government of the people, by the people, for the people.” – the Gettysburg Address
- “Friends, Romans, Countrymen” – William Shakespeare in Julius Caesar
It is no wonder we look for the “rule of three.” This pattern permeates our societal culture and, in turn, fills our brains. It invites us to make strong connections to our life experiences. I am not sure how grounded, in fact, this phenomenon is, but it sure feels accurate.
ALLOW YOURSELF TO BE VULNERABLE
The rule of three is this strange phenomenon that always seems to come to fruition, at least for me. In the coming posts, I will be taking a look back at the last three weeks in my life and three major events that occurred. When I started this blog last month, I had no idea that the title, The Mom Before The Storm, would prove to be so on point. Honestly, I had no idea what the impending storm would entail.
I am sharing this Why Do Events Happen in Threes? blog series as a reflection of strength. On the whole, it has been challenging, emotional, and many tears continue to fall. Nonetheless, I have been able to reach a positive place slowly. Certainly, I could not have handled the highs and lows of these moments without the support of my family and friends. Equally important, I have realized that it is ok to surrender to your feelings. Let it all out! Above all, I am mindful that it is alright to ask for help. People want to help, so let them. You do not have to be “Superwoman.” You are not weak, nor will you be perceived as weak. To allow yourself to be vulnerable is healthy and necessary for personal growth.
THREE WEEKS, THREE MAIN EVENTS
The three events I will be covering:
January 6, 2017: Nineteen days after giving birth, I landed in the emergency room due to delayed postpartum hemorrhaging. This postpartum hemorrhage was, by far, the scariest moment I have been through in my life.
Needless to say, I am ready for 2017 to be a little LESS eventful.
Have you ever experienced this “rule of three” phenomenon?