I see the world in three’s. In writing, most of my lists or examples are in sets of three’s. I need at least three things in a list to really feel it is complete. But it is not always easy. That third example sometimes takes a little bit of time to come up with but it always makes for a richer, more nuanced discussion or story.
Three is really powerful because three is the first number beyond two.
Two is easy. The modern world has been built around two. Examples include – yes or no, big or small, hot or cold, right or wrong, happy or sad, male or female and so on. But two is limited. Two keeps us in rigid binary thinking where things either fit in Box A or Box B.
The world is not black and white and things don’t fit so nicely in boxes. Life is experienced in many rich tones of gray. My life is full of A LOT of maybe’s, many warm (not hot or cold) beverages and a lot of “yes this and that.”
Let’s break beyond either/or thinking and capture the beauty in the gray and the power of three.