My family has always been big on playing game, long before family game nights were popular. Card games, board games, charades- we played them all and we played a lot. When The Dad and I were first together, a typical Friday night would be us, my BIL and my brother. We would start a game of RISK, a war game, at 9 or 10 o’clock and play until 3 or 4 in the morning. There was always beer involved and shifting alliances. However, some things were a given. My brother always captured Austraila and once he had it he would pile all his armies there and build a massive wall. His wall would get bigger and bigger and he would begin moving all his armies there as reinforcement.  It would get higher and higher until he couldn’t stand building any more. Then he would launch an attack with all his armies and attack until he was victor or wiped out. Week after week, game after game, that was the only stratedy he would use. At first his strategy worked occasionally. As he kept using only  this strategy it worked less and less, until it didn’t work at all.

In life, I think sometimes building huge walls can become the go to strategy. And ultimately it doesn’t work any better in real life then it did in the game. When something isn’t working it may be time to try something different.

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