A Lesson From Geese


In Autumn when you see geese heading south for the winter, flying along in a V formation you might consider what science has discovered as to why they fly that way.

As each bird flaps its wings, it creates an uplift for the bird immediately following.

By flying in V formation the whole flock adds at least 71% greater flying range than if each bird flew on its own.

LEARNING: People that share a common direction and sense of community can get where they are going more quickly and easily because they are travelling 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.

LEARNING: If we have as much sense of a goose, we will stay in formation with those who are headed in the same way we are.

When the head goose gets tired, it rotates back in the formation and another goose flies point.

Finally………………and this is important.

When goose get sick, or is wounded by gunshots and 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 again, or with it until it dies; only then do they launch out on their own, or with another formation to catch up with their group.

LEARNING: If we have the sense of a goose, we will stand by each other, work together, be part of a team.

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