Updated: Aug 25
If you've been traveling with me in cyber space or IRL (in real life) along this journey for even a short time, you have probably heard me say the words "Three (3) is the magic number."
This is NOT because I am superstitious or practicing witchcraft [not gonna happen] or anything even remotely close to those things.
Please allow me to explain why so many good things come in 3s in my life.
Most recently I began adding this tag line to my videos at the Grateful Gwen Channel because it became apparent to me from a purely practical perspective that reading three daily meditations with you in each episode (example below) is more efficient than recording, editing, uploading, and processing a new video every single day.
But this concept of 3 as a magic number is certainly not new. It dates back to School House Rock from the magical days of my youth. Hence the poor quality screenshot above of a poster I made in Kindergarten which contains a bookmark from the famous book by Robert Fulghum titled "All I Really Need to Know I Learned in Kindergarten."
This may be our next good read together @youtube. For now I will simply share with you the list of 16 things Robert learned in Kindergarten:
"These are the things I learned [in Kindergarten]:
1) Share everything. 2) Play fair.
3) Don't hit people. 4) Put things back where you found them. 5) CLEAN UP YOUR OWN MESS. 6) Don't take things that aren't yours. 7) Say you're SORRY when you HURT somebody. 8) Wash your hands before you eat. 10) Warm cookies and milk are good for you. 11) Live a balanced life--learn some and drink some and paint some and sing and dance and play and work everyday some. 12) Take a nap every afternoon. 13) When you go out into the world, watch out for traffic, hold hands, and stick together. 14) Be aware of wonder. Remember the little seed in the Styrofoam cup: The roots go down and the plant goes up and nobody really knows why, but we are all like that. 15) Goldfish and hamster and white mice and even the little seed in the Styrofoam cup -- and they all die. So do we. 16) And then remember the Dick-and-Jane books and the first word you learned-- the biggest word of all - LOOK." - Robert Fulghum, All I Really Need to Know I Learned in Kindergarten
For those who have already heard my personal story or testimony, you know how greatly inspired and influenced I was by my own Kindergarten teacher Mrs. Cheryl Roberts. She was the sweetest, most beautiful, intelligent, and kind fairytale Princess in my eyes... and I wanted to be just like her when I grew up! She helped me write the poster pictured above. She motivated me to become a Kindergarten teacher which I did for a few years before pursuing a career in counseling. Several other important educators have also been positive role-models along the way, encouraging me to be the BEST version of me that I was created to BE! I am grateful for them all. Truth be told, I am even thankful for the "teachers" who inflicted suffering because I learned and matured from those negative experiences as well. Once again "Life is full of choices." And we GET TO choose our attitude each and every day. I choose an attitude of gratitude.
Three is my magic number. The Father, Son, and Holy Spirit guide me each day of my precious life. I read at least 3 daily devotionals and practice at least 3 meditations with affirmations each day as well. I pray at least 3 prayers immediately upon waking every morning before coffee or anything else. I enjoy giving and receiving the naturally occurring oxytocin released from at least 3 hugs and 3 kisses consistently as part of my day-to-day interactions.
The Bible contains a book called "Numbers" plus there are myriad significant, symbolic numbers throughout scriptures.
I also have a list of other numbers that are personally important to me for a variety of reasons in addition to the number three. I won't share them all with you because I may use them in my secret passwords. ;) But I will share two of them with you because I am quite public about these two numerals and their significance in my life.
Four (4) -- as in Philippians chapter 4 my life chapter and one of my daily meditations.
Two (2) -- as in "Deuces" or "Jeep Wave" or "Peace out Bruh" as in showing you two fingers and practicing detachment from relationships as shared in the video link above.
Which numbers are important to you? Why?
Maybe it's my fond childhood memories of Kindergarten or School House Rocks that partially inspired me to record a series of videos based on "R Words."
If I were to choose my next letter series it would be "E Words" as in:
Empower others to take good care of themselves, as opposed to Enabling others to depend on you to do it all for them. Don't make the mistake I did in my first 50-100 YouTube videos misusing the word Entitled in place of "the book is Titled "(more embarrassing moments for someone like me with spelling and grammar OCD.)
Teach children to appreciate all they have been given replacing their sense of Entitlement believing they are owed the electronic devices, video games, and other privileges; Rewards which should be earned, not given simply because you exist and believe you deserve it!
Okay, not that I've gotten that rant off my chest, I no longer feel the need to create those PSA videos. I think I'll stick with the Kindergarten book instead. :)
Remember life is full of choices. Choose wisely. See you soon! Three BIG Virtual ((HUGS)) coming your way in the power of NOW!!!
P.S. There were 3 of us swimming laps together at the local community pool at sunrise this morning. Norma and Grace accompanied me and they are both such a delight to be around!
The other day all 3 of us were in awe of the generous gift of an amazing rainbow we were treated to, as our God provided this powerful reminder of His faithful promises. This morning we shared our unique lights that we were given to shine and encouraged one another with positive words of affirmation like "you are lovely" like music to my ears that almost made me cry.