The Power of Three

What is it about the Power of 3? It’s actually the secret to effective communication. We find things easier to follow when we can break it down and remember three key things. Think about several of your childhood fairytales for example: The Three Enchanted Princes, Three Blind Mice, Goldilocks and the Three Bears. People naturally can remember three things because it makes it simple, clear and able to stick.

During March, we see the Power of 3 in the three-leafed clover, better known as a shamrock. Three leaves that are reported to bring luck. Academic folklorist Jack Santino suggests it represents the regenerative powers of nature. As we enter March, what better way to think of regeneration than through recovery?

Again, we see the Power of 3 in the Recovery Triangle, the well-known AA symbol. It is an equilateral triangle representing the perfect balance and strength in order for us to stay sober. In addition, the triangle symbol serves as a three-part answer to a three-part disease. Addiction affects us physically, mentally and spiritually. Therefore, we fight the disease with the Power of 3 through recovery, unity and service, known as the legacies of AA.

In these three legacies, each provides an equal solution to maintain sobriety. Through practice, the triangle represents the means for regeneration of good energy within our lives. We can live recovery through experiencing the Twelve Steps. We can achieve unity through the teachings of the Twelve Traditions. Finally, the suggestions for service are described in Twelve Concepts for World Service, The AA Service Manual and Alcoholics Anonymous Comes of Age, which allows collective conscience of the whole fellowship.

Are you continually pressing into recovery, unity and service, or are you leaving your sobriety to luck? We all know staying sober involves more than luck. It takes hard work. It takes a commitment each minute, each day, each month and each year. Are you making a decision to turn your will and life over to your Higher Power? The riches of a sober life are achieved through being present physically, mentally and spiritually.

Every day, choose the Power of 3. Think of three ways to strengthen your sobriety. Whether it is getting out of bed and hitting your knees, attending an AA meeting, or being of service to a friend in need. Keep it simple, clear and make it stick. As a result, you’ll continue to find yourself healthy, happy and spiritually fit.

What are 3 ways you can strengthen your sobriety today?

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