Outside on my screened-in side patio this morning, I was taking advantage of the 68° temps, morning sun, and sweet morning breeze with my coffee, and an awesome book on 'soul' matters, when I thought about 'threes.'
I'm not quite sure where the three was discovered as such a good quantity, but it really does seem to be a pretty good number.
There's, quite literally, a balance with three. Think of a three-legged stool. Even if one leg is shorter, it never wobbles. Fairy god mothers granted three wishes. Three IS company. There are three sisters in my my family. Religiously, there are also three in the trinity. Even traffic lights have three alerts. Two is too few, four would be chaos.
Think about the big things in our lives. Jobs. Relationships. Homes. What important qualities do you look for? Too many to count? I say, 'choose three.'
I'll focus on 'home' to make my point.
I heard somewhere that when looking for a new house, you should make a list of all the things that you want in a new home. Then, narrow that list to three. Voila! The home should have those three qualities. If this space is to be your sanctuary, your den to replenish yourself from the effects of life, these three things are critical – even if they're silly to others. Everything else, you should try to adapt to, or be flexible with. Here are mine, in order:
- Close proximity to spontaneous wandering preferably in a visually stimulating environment. Chicago, it was walks along the lake or around the blocks of gorgeous homes in the Gold Coast. France, it was old meandering cobblestone streets. Here, it's the path along Sligo Creek. Nature, trees, a creek. Escape-ist. Mind-purging. Relaxing. Creatively stimulating. Love it. Need it.
- Charm or 'soul' I can't do cookie cut. Need unique details. Need inspiration.
- Covered outdoor space to be in the elements of nature, but protected. People have commented that this could always be 'built on,' and they are correct. But then it wouldn't be in keeping with number two.
Click your heels three times and say, 'there's no place like home.'
And who's ever heard of dos, or cuatro, amigos?
Things happen... in...
I'm tellin' ya... it's in th' three's.
©2009 Wendy Hudgins