Celebration of Life

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Sunday, February 3, 2008

A lesson from Geese....



When you see Geese heading south for the winter flying along in the "V" formation, you might be interested in knowing what science has discovered about why they fly that way.

It has been learned that as each bird flaps its wings, it creates 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. Quite similar to people who are part of a group and share a common direction get where they are going quicker and easier, because they are traveling on the trust of one another and lift each other up along the way.

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 power of the flock. If we have as much sense as a Goose, we will stay in formation and share information with those who are headed the same way that we are going.

When the lead Goose gets tired, he rotates back in the wing and another Goose takes over. The Geese honk from behind to encourage those up front to keep their speed. Words of support and inspiration help energize those on the front line, helping them to keep pace in spite of the day-to-day pressures and fatigue. It is important that our honking be encouraging. Otherwise it's just - well honking!

Finally, when a Goose gets sick or is wounded by a gunshot and falls out, two Geese fall out of the formation and follow the injured one down to help and protect him. They stay with him until he is either able to fly or until he dies, and then they launch out with another formation to catch up with their group. If we have the sense of a Goose, we will stand by each other when things get rough. We will stay in formation with those headed where we want to go.


14 Comments:

  • At February 3, 2008 at 11:58 AM , Blogger Jeni said...

    WOW - so true there when you consider it all -if only people took some lessons now and again from the animal kingdom. Amazing, isn't it, what we could learn?

     
  • At February 3, 2008 at 12:57 PM , Blogger david mcmahon said...

    It's fascinating, isn't it. This actually gets a significant mention in my first novel.

    Just for levity: I've been led by a goose or two in my time!!

     
  • At February 3, 2008 at 7:27 PM , Blogger BBC said...

    I lead my own parade. But I'm not a goose.

     
  • At February 4, 2008 at 3:39 AM , Blogger Mima said...

    I had no idea that geese looked after each other so well, and worked as a team in that way. It does provide us with some great lessons on how we should be living our lives, and also to be thankful for the people around us that stop to help us when we need it.

     
  • At February 4, 2008 at 7:24 AM , Blogger Ms. Creek said...

    That innate fundamental element of helping each other for survival is found in many fowl and animals. Love you, ditty!

     
  • At February 4, 2008 at 8:43 AM , Blogger A.Bananna said...

    interesting! you know your geese. lol. :) Love yah!

     
  • At February 4, 2008 at 8:57 AM , Blogger San said...

    Beautiful, Jo!

    Why don't more of us have the sense of a goose?

    Very "uplifting" post.

    ;-)

     
  • At February 4, 2008 at 11:36 AM , Blogger A.Bananna said...

    why do they call it x-ing when it is crossing?? Lol. what does crossing and xing have to do with eachother?? lol. Rick and I always say that when we see those signs.
    speaking of signs...my mother and I saw one that said Dips. isn't that insulting? LOL!

     
  • At February 4, 2008 at 11:48 AM , Blogger david mcmahon said...

    Just an afterthought - isn't it strange that we call a daft person a goose, when geese are so intelligent!!

     
  • At February 4, 2008 at 3:11 PM , Blogger Jenera said...

    Really sheds a new light on geese. But it's so true-if only we could live our lives like them.

     
  • At February 4, 2008 at 3:15 PM , Blogger velvetginger said...

    You must have seen that on PBS? Where I saw it??
    very interesting...
    We could learn many lessons from the birds!

     
  • At February 4, 2008 at 6:21 PM , Blogger Ms. Creek said...

    the two lines are crossed, a.bananna, x is a shorthand for cross, goof! lol

    i'm not sure we are talking about a goose's innate instinct or intellect...i think it is mother nature...

     
  • At February 4, 2008 at 11:22 PM , Blogger Lynetta said...

    Beautiful post, Jo. We can learn a lot from creation--every detail was wired in from the beginning. I love reading about each and every detail.

    Love you!

     
  • At February 5, 2008 at 8:17 AM , Blogger Celebration of Life said...

    jeni: Yes, if we could only learn!

    david: What is the name of your first novel? Is it available on Amazon.com?

    bbc: It's not a parade if no one is following...

    mima: Yes, helping others is what its all about!

    ms creek: The greatest riches a person can have in their life is the love and support of family and friends.

    jenera: We can live our lives like them; we have a choice on how we treat each other.

    Velvet: I didn't see this on PBS or the Nature Channel; I received this in an email. I am not sure where it originated from.

    Lynetta: Thank you Lynetta. The answers to all of our problems are around us if only we would look up!

    San: I am in your flock, my friend. I find you very "uplifting."

     

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