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Thursday, September 29, 2011


When you see geese flying along in "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 percent greater flying range than if each bird flew on its own.
ApplicationPeople 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.
Application:  If we have as much sense as a goose, we will stay in formation with those people who are headed the same way we are.


When the head goose gets tired, it rotates back in the wing and another goose flies point.
Application:  It is sensible to take turns doing demanding jobs, whether with people or with geese flying south.

Geese honk from behind to encourage those up front to keep up their speed.
Question:  What messages do we give when we honk from behind?

Finally — and this is important — when a goose gets sick or is wounded by gunshot, 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 or until it dies, and only then do they launch out on their own, or with another formation to catch up with their group.
Application:  If we have the sense of a goose, we will stand by each other & help when others are down and out.

--Ecclesiastes 4:12--
Though one may be overpowered,
two can defend themselves.
A cord of three strands is not quickly broken.

7 comments:

Steve said...

Some great reminder of "do to others."

Anthony K said...

Thanks Steve!

Steve Nicholas said...

Great post, Anthony! You are so right that we need to work together. I think that there are too many times that people think that the only way to get to the top is to step on people, but this is a great reminder that sometimes the best way is to work together.

Martha Giffen said...

Such a wonderful lesson you teach us here! Truly enjoyed!

Lisa said...

I love this one, especially since I used to race my bicycle on the road and applied the concepts of drafting, teamwork, and helping each other out. Some people don't realize that there is power with cooperation, not competition. Watching nature too helps us learn that lesson :)

Thanks for this great post!

Elizabeth Young said...

Awesome post! I am a recluse sometimes but this article reminded me of the necessity and importance of working together.

Anthony K said...

Thanks for the feedback... I can remember reading something like this about the way Geese treat each other and found this article online! I am happy that I did b/c it reminded me to work together with others!