Geese…

A flock of geese functions as a system.

In his book High Flying Geese, Browne Barr illustrates their reciprocal impact on each other:

Next time you see geese heading south for the winter – flying along in the “V” formation – you might consider what science has discovered as to why they fly that way.

As each bird flaps its wings, it creates “uplift” for the bird following. By flying in a “V” formation, the whole flock adds at least 71% greater flying range than if each bird flew alone.

WHAT LESSON CAN WE LEARN FROM THIS?

People who share a common direction and sense of community can get where they are going quicker and easier because they are traveling on the trust of one another!

When a goose falls out of formation, it suddenly feels the drag and resistance of trying to fly alone and quickly gets back into the formation to take advantage of the “lifting” power of the bird immediately in front.

WHAT LESSON CAN WE LEARN FROM THIS?
By staying in formation with those who are headed where we want to go, we will make our own individual lives more pleasant.

When the lead goose gets tired, it rotates back into the formation and lets another goose fly point.

WHAT LESSON CAN WE LEARN FROM THIS?
It pays to take turns doing the hard tasks and sharing in leadership – with people, as with geese – interdependent with each other!

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

WHAT IS THE LESSON HERE?
We must ask ourselves what we are saying from behind. Is our “honking” is encouraging … or is it something less helpful?

When a goose gets sick or wounded, two geese drop out of formation and follow him down to help and protect him. They stay with him until he is either able to fly again or dies. Only then do they launch out on their own to join another formation or to catch up with their own flock.

WHAT LESSON CAN WE LEARN FROM THIS?

We must stand by each other … Soaring with one another we can accomplish almost anything!

BOTTOM LINE: If we have as much sense as geese – and I’m sure we do – we’ll pay heed to the wisdom of our geese friends …

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