Honour Others as Geese Do

Consider geese, heading south for the winter, flying along in a “V” formation. Science has discovered 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 71% greater flying range than if each bird flew on its own.

People who share a common direction and sense of community can better 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”.

How about we stay in formation with those that are heading in the same direction as we are and be willing to accept their help as well as give ours to others.

When the lead goose gets tired, it rotates back into the formation and another goose flies point.

It is sensible to take turns doing demanding jobs. With people, as with geese, we are interdependent on each other.
Geese honk from behind to encourage those up front to keep up their speed.

We need to make sure our honking from behind is encouraging.

Finally, and this is important, when a goose gets sick, or is wounded by gunshots and falls out of formation, two other geese fall out with it and follow it down to lend help and protection.

They stay with that fallen goose until it is able to fly again or dies. Only then do they launch out on their own or with another formation to catch up with their group.

If we have the sense of a goose, we will stand by each other in difficult times as well as when we are strong.