…and Then You Take the House

Has anyone played the strategic card game called Hearts?

I won’t bore you with all of the rules. They are easily found on the internet. But the strategic part of the game is interesting.

The point is that you don’t want to be collecting cards of the suit “hearts”. They will add points under your name and you will lose if you collect too many. However, if any part of the game you realize that you are collecting too many hearts or that with the hand you were dealt, it is inevitable for you to be collecting hearts, you then switch your strategy to collect ALL the hearts. If you collect ALL of them, then you get zero points and every other player shoots up.

At the beginning of an advocacy path, it was painful to be collecting hearts. All of the failures of the system laid out in front of me.  I eventually realized that I am collecting hearts. What benefits the journey now, is to switch strategies and accept all of the hearts being landed in my lap.

The system I am advocating in, is a failed system. It’s broken. And instead of the emotional mess of seeing all of the failures of the system laid out in front of me, I now see it as evidence of all of the failures of the system. I have proof and details of exactly how the system fails and legislation that fails it. I have very detailed evidence laid out in front of me.  Even when the system fails, and I know it will, it’s all just one card that is part of my hand.

All I have is hearts.

For those advocates out there advocating in whatever broken system you are navigating… take a look at all of the evidence you have. Who else around you is also stuck in the same “game” you are in? What kind of hearts are they collecting?

There is a part in the movie oceans eleven that I think is appropriate.

“Because the house always wins. Play long enough, you never change the stakes, the house takes you. Unless, when that perfect hand comes along, you beg big and then you take the house.”