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The story of the geese

Monday, September 14, 2009

I have been listening to the geese honking every morning and evening. This afternoon I saw a beautiful V. I have heard about why they fly the way they do and looked it up as a refresher. We can learn a lot from the geese.



"In the fall when you see Geese heading south for the winter flying along in the "V" formation, you might be interested in knowing what science has discovered about why they fly that way."

"It has been learned that as each bird flaps its wings, it creates uplift for the bird immediately following. By flying in a "V" formation, the whole flock adds at least 71% greater flying range than if each bird flew on its own. Quite similar to people who are part of a team and share a common direction get where they are going quicker and easier, because they are traveling on the trust of one another and lift each other up along the way."

"Whenever a Goose falls out of formation, it suddenly feels the drag and resistance of trying to go through it alone and quickly gets back into formation to take advantage of the power of the flock. If we have as much sense as a Goose, we will stay in formation and share information with those who are headed the same way that we are going."

"When the lead Goose gets tired, he rotates back in the wing and another Goose takes over. It pays to share leadership and take turns doing hard jobs."

"The Geese honk from behind to encourage those up front to keep their speed. Words of support and inspiration help energize those on the front line, helping them to keep pace in spite of the day-to-day pressures and fatigue. It is important that our honking be encouraging. Otherwise it's just - well honking!"

"Finally, when a Goose gets sick or is wounded by a gunshot and falls out, two Geese fall out of the formation and follow the injured one down to help and protect him. They stay with him until he is either able to fly or until he is dead, and then they launch out with another formation to catch up with their group. When one of us is down, it's up to the others to stand by us in our time of trouble. If we have the sense of a Goose, we will stand by each other when things get rough. We will stay in formation with those headed where we want to go."

"The next time you see a formation of Geese, remember their message that "IT IS INDEED A REWARD, A CHALLENGE AND A PRIVILEGE TO BE A CONTRIBUTING MEMBER OF A TEAM"

Doesn't that sound like what we can find here on Spark People.?

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  • MIMZY08
    I love this blog! I did know this about geese, but hadn't thought of it for awhile. Thanks so much for sharing! Very inspiring!
    3978 days ago
  • MARTINT011
    So inspiring and such a beautiful story to share and to remind us the power of being part of a spark group. emoticon
    3980 days ago

    Comment edited on: 9/18/2009 9:51:07 PM
  • no profile photo CD1037143
    all I have to say is 'honk honk'......... emoticon
    3982 days ago
  • no profile photo CD3282060
    This is GREAT!!! I love that you shared this!
    3983 days ago
  • no profile photo CD1389154
    Excellent blog Judy. Thanks for sharing it with us. There's lots to learn from it.

    Hugs
    Dorothy.
    3983 days ago
  • SHEENADEE
    Very interesting. Thanks for taking time to share!
    3983 days ago
  • IRENEHARPS
    Thanks Judy,

    I had read about this a long time ago, but sure enjoyed reading about it again. Thanks for posting it! We can learn so much from this.

    Irene
    3983 days ago
  • FLICKRFAN
    Buddy likes to chase the geese but doesn't have a chance. It is a good thing that no one goose has to take responsibility for the long flight south.
    3983 days ago
  • LITTLEWIND53
    That is a great analogy and so true. Humans can learn a lot from the geese.

    3984 days ago
  • JUDYK17
    That really puts a new spin on the SpartkPeople community. Not only do we help each other along way but we learn so many interesting from each other!
    Thank you for sharing this story, I will have more respect for the geese when I see them flying south.
    3984 days ago
  • AMYLT82
    THAT IS WHY I LIKE SPARKS SO MUCH. WE FLY IN A V LIKE THE GEESE. SO MANY PEOPLE ON THIS EARTH WOULD BE HAPPIER IF THEY WOULD TOO. IT IS AMAZING HOW MANY OF THE ANIMALS, WHO AREN'T SUPPOSED TO BE THE "MOST INTELLIGENT CREATURES ON EARTH", HAVE METHODS OF LIVING THAT ARE SO MUCH MORE INTELLIGENT THAN THE ONES THAT HUMANS DO USE. THAT IS ONE OF THE REASONS I BELIEVE WE SHOULD RESPECT ALL OF GOD'S CREATURES. I AM NOT INDIAN BUT I THINK THEIR SAYING ABOUT HOW WE HAVE NOT BEEN GIVEN THIS PLANET BY OUR PARENTS, BUT ARE SIMPLY BORROWING IT FROM OUR CHILDREN, MAKES A LOT OF SENSE TOO. PEOPLE SHOULD JUST STOP AND THINK SOMETIMES, AND THAT INCLUDES ME. emoticon
    3984 days ago
  • MARCOMAMA
    Go TEAM!! So often the most basic lessons are being played out right before our eyes in nature. Thanks for the refresher course and the great lesson on teamwork!
    3984 days ago
  • OURELEE1
    Very interesting.
    3984 days ago
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