“I came, I saw, I conquered”
In three short, succinct statements Gaius Julius Caesar declared mastery over the Roman world, arguably the most powerful individual on Earth during his time. His terse but precise pronouncement of absolute authority over his subjects lives on till this day as an example of the special powers of the number 3.
Our civilization is filled with folklore of the numeral 3 and it’s magical character. Indeed from antiquity to the present time anything that comes in threes is deemed more complete and satisfying. The cosmos itself exists so beautiful yet mysterious all due to the influence of the number 3 and it’s geometric laws. All manner of human endeavors like mathematics, art, architecture, music, design etc has been rendered more pleasing and harmonious because of the number 3 and it’s various geometric forms. It is often said that good things not only come to those who wait but they also come in 3s and that the third time’s the charm.
Some examples: The holy trinity, faith-hope-love, “Three times a lady”, wine-women-song 😉 , body-mind-spirit, three cheers, the Genie always grants us 3 wishes……and the list goes on. Perhaps you dear readers can add to the list?
We’re nearly 3 years old. A fledgling by most reckoning even though much water (some of which were decidedly turbulent) has flowed under the bridge since our beginnings. 3 years ago when we began this journey little did we know the ups and downs, highs and lows that we would go through and the myriad of IT and social media skills that we would have to learn on the trot in order to be effective in the world of a David Archuleta fan club. The moment we thought we had conquered one mountain another loomed in the horizon. Looking back it’s amazing the number and diversity of hats that we have had to don to be up to scratch and the learning and skill acquiring process shows no signs of abating. Not to mention the terms and expressions that we, as fans, would be labeled with. It seemed like a whole linguistic universe sprung up overnight that was used to describe what it’s like to be a David Archuleta fan.
A couple more anniversaries have come and gone since that time and now we’re on the threshold of our 3rd. In many ways this adage of triple benefits apply to us too: David Archuleta-AAM-Friends; our holy trinity of sorts.
Appropriately this year as we celebrate the third anniversary of AAM’s founding, this axiom has proven it’s accuracy- it’s our red-letter day of anniversaries. Our idol came to town for a full concert – at long last – and gave us a couple of weeks of breathless anticipation and excitement culminating in the mother of all shows at Stadium Negara leaving us gobsmacked and flat as pancakes ( according to Trace 🙂 ). It’s the apex of our pyramid, the creme De la creme of our 3 years of existence as a David Archuleta fan community. The Genie really came through for us this year! And like the aftershocks of a powerful earthquake, the lingering effects of the law of thirds are still felt by all.
On this, our 3rd anniversary, we have thus far experienced a most wonderful year; David was up close and personal, we renewed our ties of friendship and last but definitely not least we inducted new caretakers into our fold.
Additionally it’s understood that the birthstone for the month of September – AAM’s ‘birth month’ is a sapphire. Sapphires are gemstones usually blue in color and gets a rating of 9 on the Mohs Scale of hardness whereas diamonds top the scale at 10. Apparently we are predestined to be enduring and long lasting 🙂 Isn’t that grand?
Happy anniversary AAM and AAM-ers :-)!
p/s: September also happens to be the month of Malaysia Day. September 16th to be exact – the REAL independence day 🙂