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Tuesday, January 23, 2007

The Goose Story

Next fall when you see geese heading south for the winter, flying in their familiar "V" formation, you might be interested in knowing why they fly that way. Science has learned that, as each bird flaps its wings, it creates an uplift for the bird immediately behind it. By flying in a "V" formation, the flock together gains over 70% more flying range than if each bird flew on its own.Like the geese, people who share a common direction and a sense of community can get where they are going quicker and easier, because they are traveling on the thrust of one another. Whenever one goose falls out of formation, it suddenly feels the drag and resistance of trying to go it alone. It will quickly try to get back into formation to take advantage of the lifting power of the birds in front. If we have as much sense as a goose, we will stay in formation with those who are headed the same way we are going.When the lead goose gets tired, it rotates back in the wing, and another goose takes over the point position. It pays to take turns doing hard jobs!The geese from behind honk constantly, as you've no doubt heard whenever a flock passes overhead. They do this to encourage those up front to keep up their speed. An encouraging word goes a long way.Finally, when a goose gets sick or is wounded by a gun shot and falls out of the formation, two geese follow it down to stay with it and protect it. They stay until it is either able to fly again, or dies. They then launch out on their own or with another formation to catch up with the group. If we have the sense of a goose, we will stand by each other.

~ Author Unknown ~



Pauline said...

Community service! This is wonderful and so very true. Haven't we all felt the lift when we provide each other with support in life. Nature does teach us the most important lessons to learn. Thanks for sharing this post.

Pauline said...

Oh no! The pain of it all...where did my comment go? I think my remark was the value of lessons to be learned from nature. Along those lines. Nice post.

"Angeldust" said...

Dearest Pauline
- here they are, but another one just vanished into thin air as I clicked all to publish...

I have heard it a couple of times, I even have a copy in my filing cabinet, yet it took last Sunday's random visit to Church and viewing the images that pushed me to post, as I find it to be sooooooo true.

No man is am island, and yet oftentimes we find ourselves "laboring totally alone"

Love and joy to you

"Angeldust" said...

Songo - welcome

I am happy to know it has been of comfort to you in Ancorage...

Due to some Google technicality, your comment vanished into thin air.

Thank you for leaving word.
Hope you come back.
Love and joy to you

sandy said...

If you have read my old posts angeldust you will know that I love these birds too; their infectious muttered *chuckle* quite diferent from the haughty airs of the swan always makes me smile.

Amazing creatures who have much to teach us, as with all creatures if we watch and listen. They also represent the circle of life death and renewal as well as family unity.

Lovely post.

"Angeldust" said...

"They also represent the circle of life death and renewal as well as family unity"

I didn't know that about geese...

I've been walking among them for years - they are really cool, my dog Charlie, whom I trained the "respect" other species, used to walk right through a flock - among them - at the shores of Lake Okanagan....they did not flinch, quiet extraodinary!

vinay said...

that was an eye opener for me!!thank you!!

"Angeldust" said...

hey... you are welcome!
Extraordinary, isn't it?

vinay said...

it is!!

Rauf said...

There's the leader always Angeldust, When it gets tired he relinquises his position and goes to the end, next one takes his position to lead.
Quite true about the community, it is a driving force.
love and hugs Angel