Friday, October 17, 2008

Lessons Learned From Geese


It is that time of the year when the geese are flying south for the winter season.

These are lessons we humans can learn from geese.




As each goose flaps its wings, it creates an uplift for the birds that follow. By flying in a V formation, the flock adds 71% extra flying range.

People who share a sense of community can help each other get where they are going more easily....because they are traveling on the trust of one another.

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When a goose falls out of formation, it feels the drag and resistance of flying alone. It will quickly move back to take advantage of the lifting power of the birds in front.

If we have as much sense as geese, we stay in formation with others headed in the direction we want to go. We are willing to accept their help and offer our help in return.

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When the lead goose tires, it drops back within the formation and another takes the lead position.

It pays to take turns doing the hard tasks. We should recognize, respect and protect each other’s unique arrangement of skills, capabilities, talents, and resources.

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The geese flying in formation honk to encourage those up front to keep up their speed.

We need to make sure our honking is supportive. In groups where there is encouragement, production is greatly increased. Individual empowerment results from quality honking.

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And finally, when a goose gets sick, two geese drop out of the formation and follow it to help and protect it.

If we have as much sense as geese, we will stand by each other in difficult times, as well as when we are strong.

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Bear((( )))

28 comments:

Baino said...

Well there you go, I did not know that! I learn something every day!

Kay Dennison said...

I had learned this a long time ago. Humans have a hard time with these concepts as I know all too well.

spacedlaw said...

Is it bad if I find the goose cuter than the teddy bear?

kRiZ cPEc said...

how did you know this? Thanks for sharing.

Chesapeake Bay Woman said...

Oh, I absolutely love this and did not know all that about why they fly in formation.

I've also heard that geese are one of the few who mate for life. No divorces in the goose population. (At least that's what I've heard.)

Mental P Mama said...

No wonder why there are so many of them. They are smarter than us.

mrsb said...

I've always loved geese because they never leave anyone behind by themselves. What amazing creatures!

kenju said...

Too bad we aren't all like that!


Bear, wherever do you get all the bear pix that you post???

TSannie said...

What a lovely post! And such good thoughts to live by.
Now I won't be as mad at them when they poop all over my yard next time.

bobbie said...

The geese are very wise. And so are you. And yes, I love that goose as much as the teddy.

kml said...

I didn't realize that geese protected each other in that manner. What a great post - yes, we could learn a lot from them.

sablonneuse said...

What a fascinating post. I had no idea geese behaved like that.

Darlene said...

I guess you're never too old to learn something new. Thank you for enlightening me on why Geese fly in formation.

Yes, we could learn a lot from our feathered friends.

goodfather said...

Great post! I knew that geese flew in formation to help each other somehow, but I didn't know how. 71% lift?? That's amazing!

Happy Friday!

Rob (Inukshuk Adventure) said...

Who knew?
A wonderful uplifting post and educational to boot!

sandy said...

marvelous picture

Smart Mouth Broad said...

Honk! Honk! Great post. Who knew we could learn so much from geese! Thanks, Bear!

Rebeckah said...

What excellent reminders! I am so glad I read this list today. Thank you for sharing! God bless you this weekend!

kjpweb said...

Dang - you did it again! And I was so sure that couldn't possibly come up with a goose. Genius level performance! :)
Cheers, Klaus

Wendy said...

Excellent advice! Loved the photo too - the goose looks so soft, and the teddy bear too!

Rambling Woods said...

That's why my neighbor's goose Benji really needs a flock...Thanks for visiting my blog..

Maggie May said...

Pity people are not more like geese. We have a lot to learn from them.
Well some are, aren't they? They hiss about everything!
Good post I enjoyed that.

Merle said...

Dear Bear ~~ Thank you so much for this interesting post about geese. Well done.
Glad you enjoyed the joke about reading medical books, and you may die of a misprint. It was a funny one. Take care,
my friend, Love, Merle.

Pseudonymous High School Teacher said...

Great post. Wonderful example for us all.

Daryl said...

Clearly Geese are not as silly as they are sensible .. who knew! YOU!

:-Daryl

Lehners in France said...

Well I never knew that about geese. What a shame we are not more like them! Debs x

Midlife Slices said...

I never knew this about Geese and it's a wonderful lesson. I realize my blogger friends have broken out of formation and followed me to help and protect. Thank you for all your thoughts and prayers. (((BEAR)))

tsduff said...

I'm a goose lover from oh so far back. Loved reading these again - thanks for a lovely post.
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