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What We Can Learn from Geese


It is Tuesday, so I thought I'd share another "lesson" from my "Call to Care" group for caregivers. If you have heard this before, it is a good reminder on how we cooperate with our co-workers or family members. We are practicing communication skills, empathy and good self-esteem this week.

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.
Lesson: 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.
Lesson: 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.
Lesson: 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.
Lesson: 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 and encourage the heart and core of others) is the quality of honking we 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.
Lesson: If we have as much sense as geese, we will stand by each other in difficult times as well as when we are strong.

Comments (5)


These are fabulous Life lessons!!!!! I am "HONKING"a "thumbs up" as I type..........hope you can all hear me.

Palm-Thanks for sharing these lessons. They are great reminders of things we've probably heard in the past, but don't always follow. I appreciate the time you spend on your blog and the lessons you share with us.

Barb Cabot:

Funny how these geese are so much better at some human things than we are. Also echoing what Cindy said about appreciating the time you put into your blog for all of us. It's wonderful to come here...good things food for our tummys and food for our souls. Bless you.

What a lovely and interesting post. Fact 5 made me teary.

Echo everyone above, I love your blog and appreciate all the time you dedicate to it!

They mate for life as well - there has to be a lesson there but it's beyond my feeble brain.

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