Lessons we Learn from Geese

with thanks to my friend Bear Warrior on Informed Planet

Lessons We Learn From Geese
Author Unknown

Next fall when you see geese heading south for the winter… flying along in V formation…you might consider what science has discovered as to why they fly that way:

Fact 1:
As each goose flaps its wings it creates an “uplift” for the birds that follow. By flying in a “V” formation, the whole flock adds 71% greater flying range than if each bird flew alone.

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.

Fact 2:
When a goose falls out of formation, it suddenly feels the drag and resistance of flying alone. It quickly moves back into formation to take advantage of the lifting power of the bird immediately in front of it.

If we have as much sense as a goose we stay in formation with those headed where we want to go. We are willing to accept their help and give our help to others.

Fact 3:
When the lead goose tires, it rotates back into the formation and another goose flies to the point position.

It pays to take turns doing the hard tasks and sharing leadership. As with geese, people are interdependent on each other’s skills, capabilities and unique arrangements of gifts, talents or resources.

Fact 4:
The geese flying in formation honk to encourage those up front to keep up their speed.

We need to make sure honking is encouraging. In groups where there is encouragement the production is much greater. The power of encouragement (to stand by one’s heart or core values a! nd encourage the heart and core of others) is the quality of honking w e seek.

Fact 5:
When a goose gets sick, wounded, or shot down, two geese drop out of formation and follow it down to help and protect it. They stay with it until it dies or is able to fly again. Then, they launch out with another formation or catch up with the flock.

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

Jethro Tull – One White Duck On Your Wall



  1. Opher · May 19, 2015

    Honk Honk
    I’m with you – flying in your slipstream.
    Another great post!


  2. Apuldor · May 21, 2015

    I mention this softly, in fear of triggering my relapse into full-blown twitchers disease; a deadly strain of pointless pedantry!
    The photo is of Cranes, most likely Common Cranes, rather than geese!
    Loving the space donkey!


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