LESSONS FROM THE GEESE (c)2009 Eileen Lichtenstein

This is a story I found on the Internet. It illustrates the nature and wisdom of working together.
“As each goose flaps its wings, it
creates an ‘uplift’ for the bird following. By
flying in a V formation, the whole flock
adds 71% flying range than if each bird
flew alone.
LESSON: 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
thrust of one another.
Whenever a goose falls out of
formation, it suddenly feels the drag and
resistance of trying to fly alone, and
quickly gets back into formation to take
advantage of the “lifting power” of the bird
immediately in front.
LESSON: If we have as much sense as
a goose, we will stay in formation
with those who are headed where we
want to go.
When the lead goose gets tired, it
rotates back into the formation and another
flies at the point position.
LESSON: It pays to take turns doing
the hard tasks and sharing leadership
with people as geese, interdependent
with each other.
The geese in formation honk from
behind to encourage those up front to keep
up their speed.
LESSON: We need to make sure our
honking from behind is encouraging–
not something less than helpful.
When a goose gets sick or wounded
or shot down, two geese drop out of the
formation and follow it down to help and
protect him. They stay with the goose until
it is either able to fly again or dies. They
launch out on their own with another
formation or catch up with the flock.
LESSON: If we have as much sense as
geese, we’ll stand by each other like
that.”
. . . Author Unknown


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