Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Geese and Friendship

We are so fortunate to live on a beautiful lake. Part of our day entails seeing a variety of critters in our backyard and beyond. The ones who seem to draw the most attention to themselves are the Canada geese. They always travel in a group flying in, out, and about. We become part of their daily lives by the sound of their multiple wings flapping, their honking in unison echoing across the lake, and their strutting across our yard to find any yummy tidbits within the grass.

Here is some  fascinating information and insight I found on 'geese and friendship'.

Fact-As each bird flaps its wings, it creates more uplift for the bird immediately following. By flying in a V formation, the whole flock can fly 71% further than if each bird flew on its own.

Truth-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 trust of one another.

Fact-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 lifting power of the bird ahead.

Truth-There is strength, power, and safety in numbers when we travel in the same direction with people with whom we share a common goal.

Fact-When the head goose gets tired, he rotates back in the V and another goose takes his place.

Truth-It pays to take turns when doing difficult jobs.

Fact-The geese honk from behind to encourage those up front to keep up their speed.

Truth-We all need to be encouraged with active support and praise.

Fact-When a goose gets sick or is wounded and falls out of formation, two geese follow him down to help and protect him. They stay with him until the crisis resolves, then launch out on their own or join another formation.

Truth-We must stand by one another in times of need.

I know why I'm so drawn to nature and all the critters that surround me. The lessons they can teach are more valuable than what we can learn on our own in a lifetime. It inspires me to be more than I already am. So please take time today and always to reflect and appreciate the natural world around you.

In appreciation,

(Side note-I would love to give credit to the above info on the facts and truth, but this came from a sheet of paper I've held onto for years. No author was cited.) 

2 Blessed Comments:

Anonymous,  August 26, 2009 at 5:22 PM  

What a wonderful blog, Cindy :)

I saw your comment at So Very Cheri and decided to come over for a visit - it's nice to "meet" you.


PlantSomeRoots@Lakewood August 26, 2009 at 7:04 PM  

Hi Lisa,

Thanks for stopping by to say hi! I always appreciate a new friend.


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