The power of 3

I’m not one who goes for the superstitious thing and I don’t generally believe in special numbers and lucky or unlucky objects, days or activities but I have to ask: is there something in this whole power of three thing?

I’m referring specifically to the saying that all things, good or bad, happen in threes. So: if a good thing happens, then another, there should (according to the power of three) be a third before things settle back to normal. AND if a bad thing happens, then another, you should look out for the third thing too – but not to worry because then it’s done and you can carry on with your life – until the next big event, that is 🙂

Why am I worrying myself with this? Because of three things that have happened to me in the last week – and not just random things.

#1.  Running late for school the other day, I decided to take the car rather than walk.  The car did not start.  turns out there was a fault with the interior light that had drained the battery overnight.  It was an easy enough fix for the hubby 🙂

#2.  Whilst cooking supper last night, I decided to do some veggies in the microwave (you can wipe that shocked look off your face – I know you do it too 😉 ).  After the designated time was up, I took them out and was quite surprised to find they were still frozen (Yes, frozen veggies!!!).  Now I know that sometimes my brain does strange things, especially when I have had a busy day and have a lot on my mind so I figured that I must have put the veggies in and pressed the wrong button.  So I put them in again.  When they came out the second time and were still solid lumps of green ice, I knew it had to be something else.  It must have been the lid.  It was a super micro wave resistant lid.  I took the lid off and put it in for the third time.  Then I came into the lounge to relax for a couple of minutes.  My husband, in the meantime, realised he had cold tea and went to warm it up in the microwave (warmed up microwave tea, you ask incredulously?  I know.  I don’t know what he was thinking.  I just drink mine cold :D).  After hearing the minute-long under-the-breath swearing emanating from the kitchen, I soon knew that my brain had not gone on holiday, and my mind had not wandered off somewhere.  In fact, the microwave had stopped working.

Now before I carry on with strange goings-on #3, I have to say that I am fully aware of the mini things-happen-in-threes event that took place in the middle of my major event.  I did put the veggies into the microwave three times.  they did not cook three times.  But I cannot possibly believe that such a mini event could have any significant effect on the rest of my life.  After all, I only had to pop the veggies into a pot on the stove and voila, problem solved 🙂

#3.  Then, later on, I went to throw something away in my lovely stainless steel, foot-pedal operated bin and the lid promptly cracked away from the base and crashed onto the floor.

So: three things, all related in that they are all objects I own and they all broke.  What I would like to now know is what comes next.  When we experience a power-of-three event, do we just go back to the same old, same old humdrum of life at its conclusion?  Do we forget about it and move on or wait painfully for the next set of events to attack us?  And how exactly would it work? Not that I actually believe in any of this hocus pocus mumbo jumbo – still it would be nice to know!

To my mind, after experiencing a power-of-three bad thing surely I am now entitled to a power-of-three good thing, you know, for the sake of keeping all things in balance?  We’ll just have to wait and see I guess!


Copyright © 0502113 by Karen Payze



  1. I reckon your husband is now triply efficient at fixing things.

    • haha I suppose he is 😛

  2. To balance out the bad three, yes, I think you are now entitled to 3 outstandingly good events. Let us know, so we can celebrate with you.

    • Will do 😀 hehe

  3. Two things. I love the number three and don’t know why. And believe things happen in threes. For example, beginning middle and end. It is everywhere when we look around.

    The power of three is alive and well. 🙂

    • Yes, a lot of things seem to happen in threes 🙂

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