So there was that book some years ago called, All I Really Need to Know I Learned in Kindergarten. For me and for plenty of people I know, we also learned a ton from those educational spots called Schoolhouse Rock!, the 3 minute shorts which aired on Saturdays in between the morning cartoons. Even my kids know about it because we bought the sucker on a DVD about 10 years back and they learned some of the tunes. Heck, I can still recite the Preamble to the Constitution from memory, only because I learned it in a Schoolhouse Rock song! And come to find out, as I did a little digging, the short, “3 Is a Magic Number”, which was the pilot episode for the entire series, was created by some guy who realized his son knew every Beatles lyric, but could not remember his multiplication tables.
As I look for deeper meaning in growth and self-improvement, that song popped into my head the other day.
“The past the present and the future, faith and hope and charity, the heart and the brain and the body, give you 3, as a magic number.”
If 7 is a lucky number, how does 3 get to be magic? What’s crazy is I never stopped to think about it before, but the number 3 has plenty of significance. Everything from counting to three before you snap that picture, or counting down from three before you start the race, to three wise men, to a three-ring circus, to three sheets to the wind… well you get the point. The point is, 3 has plenty of meaning, especially as you venture into a journey of living your best year ever.
I have 3 banner goals for the year… and am told that if you have more than 3 big goals, you probably don’t have any, because the time and attention paid to just those three is quite enough, if you want to fulfill them. As I look down at the ticker I’m up to just over 300 words at this point in this blog, and if takes more than 3 minutes to read this thing, it’s probably over… no matter how good the content might be 😉
Good things come in 3’s. Nothing like a good trilogy to round things out, or how about those 3 medals you can win at the Olympics, or those 3 networks we used to watch on TV. I just made the mistake of Googling things that come in 3’s, now I’m 3 times as tired as when I started.
To put three in perspective though, a little later today I will sit down with 3 other people to share each of our big goals and dreams for our present and our future. The opportunity to share, to be enlightened and to talk about purpose and our why, will lead to some life-changing perceptions and perspective. It will mean 3 times the power to help live out our dreams.
And then there’s the big 3, the biggest 3 of all. The people I share my life with each and every day, my wife Debbie, my daughters, Sophie and Emily. Those 3 own my heart and the very depths of my soul. They have turned magic… into miracles.
Now that’s what I call a magic number.
Until next time, thanks for taking the time.
Living your life on a foundation of H.O.P.E., which means Helping Other People Everyday. The president of the company I used to work for first used that acronym and I have never forgotten it, though at times I have “mis-remembered” it. It is at those times, it becomes time, to get back to basics. The desire to help other people to become more, to grow, to reach their goals, makes your life more meaningful because you matter, because you make a difference. Whether you’re helping a customer, a friend, or the easiest to help and the easiest to take for granted, a member of your own family. H.O.P.E. makes the seemingly impossible possible, for them and for you.
I had a conversation with a friend the other day about how the smallest things, the smallest changes make the biggest difference. It’s focus on the fringe, it’s living out on the edges, it’s the smallest nudge in the right direction that can have the most impact, that can move mountains. Do something small every single day without fail and big things happen, especially when you look to grow and in turn help others to do the same. When you look for the opportunity to help someone first, before you help yourself, the end result is pre-determined, it’s destiny. How can you not enrich your life by doing your best to enrich theirs. It can be as simple as saying thank you, or as deep as taking them in, taking them under your wing, and taking on much more.
Want to make it eerily easy – I’ve learned that the simple act of saying someone’s name when you speak to them, or thank them for their service, does wonders for their ego and their soul. Because it’s been proven that the sweetest word to someone’s ears, to their mind, and to their heart, is the sound of their own name. It’s the word they have heard more than any other in their life, and it resonates in ways which are hard to define, but it makes them feel important and that’s what matters.
The topic of H.O.P.E is one which could fill the pages of many blogs, or even a book. It’s impossible to paint the picture with just a few hundred words, or a few minutes of your time, so I won’t even try. But what I will do is to try to bring it to life, here in this space and in the space of my life, every day. It’s the decision I have made to become more, by helping others to do the same. But the decision, by itself, is meaningless, the simple act of making that decision has no purpose. It’s management of that decision, the vision, the action, the discipline and the focus to make a difference in the lives of others. Consistency is the magic factor. It’s a journey with no end, but a win every step along the way. Who doesn’t want to live a victory every day?
To share, with purpose, my why. For you. We’ve only just begun.
Until next time, thanks for taking the time.
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