Some folks seem to think bad things come in threes. I often heard my grandparents talking about death that way. If someone they knew passed away, the old wives’ tale was that two more soon would follow suit.
I don’t believe that terrible things come in threes. Well, wait a minute…I will acquiesce to the saying “leaves of three, let it be.” Otherwise, I’d contract an itchy case of poison ivy from that three-leaf plant and that would be bad. But I prefer to take the optimistic approach and believe that good things come in threes. Why else would the genie, when you rub Aladdin’s lamp, appear and give you three wishes?
In Latin, the phrase “omne trium perfectum” means exactly that – everything that comes in threes is perfect or every set of three is complete. And for me, that Latin phrase does hold true. This week’s photo challenge is “Three,” and that word prompts me to consider all the truly wonderful things in my life that have come in the perfect combination of three.
Consider my family as a case in point. I come from a family of three sisters and we three are especially close. My husband grew up in a family of three brothers. Now of course, our families, just like everyone’s, aren’t perfect but we did grow up in loving homes. When the two of us married, we had no idea that our own family would be completed with three children – the delights of our hearts.
And we couldn’t have imagined in our wildest dreams that all three of our adult children would marry in the same year. Yep, three weddings in one year! Those three weddings brought three more people into our lives to love – one daughter-in-law and two sons-in-law who do fit perfectly into our family.
Consider my faith as another example of threes. I am a Christian, a believer in Jesus Christ, and my faith is centered on the Trinity, three in one: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. You can’t get more perfect than that!
Consider my choice of location. After wandering from one area of our country to another due to my husband’s job demands, we chose to leave that all behind, pack up our belongings, and move from one side of the country to the other back to our home state. This is where we’ve planted ourselves for the last 16 years. Is it a coincidence that we chose to move nearby our favorite city, the one with three rivers? The perfect place for us.
I’m not a genie so I can’t grant three lovely or perfect wishes for my readers, but I can leave you with a quote that may inspire you to embrace three keys for living.
“Three keys to more abundant living: caring about others, daring for others, sharing with others.” ~ William Arthur Ward
And I’m fulfilling the photo challenge by sharing these three family photos with you.