As spring continues to blossom, the geese are flying back, laying nests, and leaving their mark in our neighborhood pond area these days. Their presence is firmly and clearly evident as they announce their return, thus I always reflect fondly once again upon one of my mom’s favorite life lessons. Something simple yet profound, she reminded us each spring and autumn of this story because, perhaps, we needed occasional reminders to tap into our inner goose-sense. Today is one of those days…
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 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 collective goose-sense and these basic truths find new and better ways to prevail! Please take care of yourself as you care for others and may you be a blessing as you bless others. HONK! 🙂