Round The Wagons

30 Jan 2017

Do you on occasion use statements that you know what they mean to you, but where did they really come from?  That was the story this week, I was having a conversation with some friends and an event had happened to one of our team members. One of the leaders proclaimed, “it is time to circle the wagons”. To me it means we are going to come together, “close the ranks” so to say.

Here is what my Google research found on the Stuff You Can Use website.

This saying came from an amazing battle where 32 soldiers and workers held off over 1000 Indians.

In the Wagon Box Fight, August 2, 1867, near Ft. Kearney a detail under Capt. James Powell, barricaded behind wagon bodies that had been removed from their running gear, held off several thousand Sioux and Cheyenne, attacking in waves of several hundred at a time, for over four hours with a loss of only 3 killed and 2 wounded.

I also remember some of the old westerns, I could hear John Wayne saying, “circle up the wagons boys, it’s going to be a long night”. Knowing there were Indians, or Bandits close to the camp.

In each case my thoughts are of the protection, and getting closer to each other, removing the gaps. When used today maybe when we have a friend in need we should “circle our wagons” in support.

In each example the leaders wanted to protect their progress and did not want to go backwards or suffer loss.

How do you “circle the wagons” when you see a threat? Do you have the right people around to support your cause?

Thanks for spending a few minutes with me today.


Tim Marvel

Motivational speaker and author, Tim Marvel, CSP believes if life doesn’t stop teaching, he shouldn’t stop learning. From living on a submarine in the Navy to spending thirty years in sales, Tim sees life as an adventure. He’s participated in marathons, ultra-marathons, triathlons, and 100-mile bike rides. When he’s not traveling or encouraging others to be their personal best, you can find him hitting the gym, hanging out with his family, and playing with his dog, Jake. But what he looks forward to the most is his weekly date night with his wife, Rockie.

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