Monday, January 14, 2008

"Sense of a Goose"

When you see geese flying along in a "V" formation, you might considerwhat science has discovered as to why they fly that way, and what we can learn from them:

As each bird flaps its wings, it creates an 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.

People who share a common direction and sense of community can get where they are going more quickly and easily because they are traveling on the thrust of one another.

When 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 in front.

If we have as much sense as these birds, we will stay in formation with people who are headed the same way we are.

Geese honk from behind to encourage those up front to keep up their speed.

"Honking" for each other keeps us moving forward.

When a goose gets sick or falls out of formation, two other geese fall out with that goose and follow it down to lend help and protection. They stay

with the fallen goose until it is able to fly or until it dies, and only then do they launch out on their own, or with another formation to catch up with their group.

If we have the sense of a goose, we will stand by each other as long as it takes.

~Adapted, Author Unknown

Snow geese flying in formation

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