Saturday, November 13, 2010


It’s that time of year when the birds head south I suspect you have seen them as I have. We live near Lake Notla in GA and seems the birds fly over that path with water on the way. I am fascinated with these birds and their formation. I like to read this story each Fall. You might have seen it, but in case you haven’t read it and see how it could apply to you.

This fall when you see Geese heading south for the winter flying alone in a “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 wing, it creates uplift for the bird immediately following. By flying in a “V” formation the whole flock add 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 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 go it alone, and quickly gets into formation to take advantage of the lifting power of the bird immediately in front. If we have as much sense as a Goose, we will stay in formation with those who are headed in the same way we are going. When the lead Goose gets tired, he rotates back in the wing and another Goose flies point. It pays to take turns doing hard jobs with people or with Geese flying south. The Geese honk from behind to encourage those up front to keep up their speed. What do we say when we honk from behind to encourage another to stay focused in life’s journey?

Finally, when a Goose gets sick or is wounded by gun shots and falls out, two Geese fall out of formation then follows him down to help and protect him. They stay with him until he is either able to fly or until he is dead, and then they launch out on their own or with another formation to catch up with the group. If we have the sense of a Goose, we will stand by each other just like this …..

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