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The Rule of Three

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On Your Mark, Get Set, Go!

As a child, I recall racing across streets, tracks and swimming pools after this triad of commands.  The announcement still gets my adrenaline going.  This standard call at the beginning of races (and now blogs) is an example of what has become known as the "Rule of Three".   

The human mind likes to think in patterns and we naturally look for them in everything we do.  The number three is the lowest figure that can be used to form patterns in our mind.  Think about it.  The first instance of something happening comes down to chance and the second instance comes down to coincidence.  When it happens a third time it is a pattern.  

Scientists say that most people can easily recall 3 "chunks" of information at a time.  The Rule of Three is everywhere; Life, Liberty and Justice; Stop, Drop and Roll; Ready, Aim, Fire; Father, Son and Holy Spirit and who can forget Snap, Crackle, Pop!

Without even knowing about this rule, I have always found comfo…