You stand on a beach at the edge of a forest. Behind you, a vast lake but no boat. You can’t remember what happened or how you ended up on the beach.
To your left, the beach slopes up to a rocky cliff where a ruined tower sits. To your right, you see a cave with a sign warning of ogres. In front of you, a dark forest path. You have a small, rusty sword, a bottle with an unknown potion, and a walking stick.
About three or so weeks ago, social distancing and telework started here in Washington state. As the first state with a confirmed COVID-19 case, I figured the situation would get worse before it got better. (And sadly that is what’s happening.)
So when I started teleworking three weeks ago, I decided I needed to focus on a new project, something to keep my mind active in a positive way.
Not because of the terrible pandemic. Or the mass panic that has caused people to hoard items like toilet paper (which I don’t understand because it’s not *that* type of disease. Seriously, I don’t get it. As soon as Costco gets in a shipment of toilet paper, it’s gone again in like 10 minutes.)
But I digress.
Social distancing has been awesome because I have felt more creative and more mentally energized than I have since at least 1999.
The number three is found pervasively in writing. Some of our greatest stories, fairy tales, and myths include threes.
The Three Musketeers
The Secret, Book, and Scone Society
Lord of the Rings Trilogy
The Rule of Three in writing suggests that three events or characters are more humorous, satisfying, or effective than other numbers.
Three witches in Macbeth
Three ghosts visit Scrooge in A Christmas Carol
Some of the most famous quotes throughout history are structured in threes.
Life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness
Friends, Romans, Countrymen
Duty. Honor. Country.
Apparently info sticks better in our heads when in threes. (Although seven likes to give three a run: seven wonders of the world, The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People, seven digits in a phone number.) But I digress.
So I got to thinking about threes and decided to share my three of my favorites (in no particular order) in some random categories.