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Do bad things really happen in threes?

By Rosie Moore

Where did this belief come from anyway? Some claim that this notion has no scientific basis, especially pertaining to deaths. The tendency to hold on to the three connection is strong in many areas of life. Why? People naturally seek patterns. One example out of many is the deaths of James Garner, Robin Williams, and Lauren Bacall. To delve into all these connections would take many hours for they seem to happen constantly, thus the surmise that events happen in “threes.” What about “good things?” Do they happen in threes? There are some fortunate people who can attest to the fact that good things can come in fours, fives or sixes. But woe! Woe, to the person who has bad things happening to them that often.

I try to look on life optimistically but, once in a while, the “threesome” hurtles into one’s life with no warning at all. Three weeks ago my computer acted up. No amount of coaxing by me would make it act normally. I had to consult customer care at AT&T. That inconvenience only lasted a few hours but you would think by my attitude it was a devastating few hours. Two weeks ago I was without TV for a short length of time. Last week my air conditioner went on the blink, I was sweltering for a day and a half. Should I wait for event #4 or cross my fingers and hope that life gives me a break–for a while?

There isn’t much information on the phenomenon of the “three” mystery. There is a Latin phrase that suggests that things that come in threes are perfect or complete. It is remarkable how well we can remember the three bad things that happen and the three good things remain a distant memory. Don’t dwell on the bad things of life, they come in threes. The good things come in numerous numbers. Such is life. Send comments to rosemerrie@att.net. Thank you.

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