Yes, you read that right. Geese. (especially Canadian ones, honk honk.)

When you see geese heading back north for the summer or south for the winter, flying along in a V-formation, you might be interested in knowing what scientists have discovered about why they fly that way. It has been learned that as each bird flaps its wings it creates an uplift for the bird immediately following. By flying in a V-formation, the whole flock adds at least 71 percent greater flying range than if each bird flew on its own.

Point: People who share a common sense of direction and sense of community get where they are going more quickly and easily because they are traveling on the trust of one another.

Whenever a goose falls out of formation it suddenly feels the drag and resistance of trying to go it alone and quickly gets back into formation to take advantage of the lifting power of the birds immediately in front.

Point: If we have as much sense as a goose we stay in formation with those headed where we want to go. We are willing to accept thie help and give our help to others.

When the lead goose gets tired, the goose rotates to the back and another goose flies the point.

Point: It pays to take turns doing hard jobs and sharing leadership. As with geese, people are interdependent on each other’s skills, capabilities and unique arrangements of gifts, talents or resources.

The geese honk from behind to encourage those up front to keep up their speed.

Point: We need to make sure our honking is encouraging. In groups where there is encouragement, the production is much greater. The power of encouragement – to stand by one’s heart of core values and encourage the heart and core of others – is the qualitiy of honking we seek.

When a goose gets sick or is wounded by gunshot or falls out, two geese fall out of formation and follow it down to help and protect it. They stay with that goose until it is either able to fly or until it is dead, and they launch out on their own or with another formation to catch up with the group.

Point: If we have as much sense as geese, we will stand by each other in difficult times as well as when we are strong. None of us is in it alone.

(source unknown)

yeah, you’ve probably seen this before, but hey, it’s always good to be reminded of the communal nature of our lives together. What else can we learn from the world around us about living and being human? Oh aren’t we all such silly geese?

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