While walking along the Miller track during recess time with a group of learners today, we looked up and noticed a flock of geese in their famous “V” formation. It reminded me of a powerful lesson my mom always told her staff and one, in fact, I’ve shared with mine. In light of the cooler Autumn temps today and the geese we noticed, I shared this lesson with the students walking with me:
Everything in nature happens for a reason and scientists have discovered why geese fly in the “V” formation. As each bird flaps its wings, it creates an uplift for the bird immediately following. By flying this way, the whole flock adds at least 71% greater flying range than if each bird flew on its own. Truth #1: If we share a common direction and sense of community, we can get where we’re going quicker and easier because we travel on the power 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 bird immediately in front. Truth #2: It’s important to stay in formation with those who are headed in the same direction we are going. When the lead goose gets tired, he rotates back into the formation and another goose flies point. Truth #3: It pays to take turns doing the hard work–with people or with geese flying. Geese honk from behind (just like Mrs. Bass does with me on occasion–she actually says, “Good Honk!”) to encourage one another and the others up front to keep up their speed. Truth #4: We need to be careful what we honk when we honk from behind! 🙂 Finally, when a goose gets sick or wounded and falls out of formation, two geese fall out to follow her down to help and protect. They stay with her until she is able to fly or goes to the great sky beyond, then they launch out on their own or with another formation to catch up to their group. Final truth: If we have the sense of a goose, we will stand by each other no matter what. Here’s hoping our goose-sense and these basic truths always prevail . . . HONK! 🙂
Reblogged this on Van Am Gram and commented:
While reflecting back over some stories from the past today, I found my beloved mom’s response to this VanAmGram blog from 2011…whew…stopped me in my tracks! So grateful for the powerful message mom and I both shared at the beginning of each school year. May we ALL find our “goose sense” and remember to stand by each other…no matter what! HONK!
Thanks for remembering The Goose Story. It was always special to me and my staff. We started every year with it. BF