Saturday, September 8, 2012

The Goose Story

We had a training class at work today and part of the class dealt with teamwork and being a good team player. It was a pretty interesting class over all and informative. The woman that taught the class shared an article with us and I would like to pass it on.

(Her source says the article was pulled from Adlerian Psychology of B.C. Newsletter. Spring 1988)

"Next Autumn when you see geese heading South for the winter, flying along in a "v" formation, you might be interested in knowing what science has discovered about their flight patterns.

It has been learned that as each flaps its wings, it creates an uplift for the bird immediately following. By flying in a "v" formation, the whole flock adds at least 72 percent greater flying range then if each bird flew on it's own.
(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.)

Whenever a goose falls out of formation, it suddenly feels the drag and resistance of trying to go at it alone, and quickly gets into formation to take advantage of the lifting power of the bird immediately in front.
(If we have as much sense as a goose, we will stay in formation with those who are heading the same way we are going)

When the lead goose gets tired, he rotates back in the wind and another goose flies point.
(It pays to take turns doing hard jobs-with people of with geese flying South.)

The geese honk from behind to encourage those up front to keep up their speed.
(What do we say when we honk from behind?)

Finally (Now, I really want you to get this), when a goose gets sick or is wounded by gun shots and falls out, two geese fall out of formation and follow him down to help and protect him. They stay with him until he is either able to fly or until he is dead, and then they launch out on their own with another formation to catch up with the group.
(If we have the cooperation of geese we will stand by each other like that.)"

Wow!... This article speaks of a pretty powerful message. We all need to remember to not only seek help from those around us, but to be that "goose" that someone can count on to take the lead when another gets tired. Are you pulling your weight? Helping when you should and without being asked? Are you sticking with the people who you know care about you? More importantly are you sticking with God, to lead you? How are you cheering someone on? (or are you holding someone back?)

I find it very interesting that when one falls, TWO follow to help the other; This can be taken two ways. Some may see it as two friends walking together to help so that if in the end the "goose" that is injured cannot make it back, they will still have each other. Insuring you won't be alone and knowing you can help one another find the way. Thinking of those geese as a dear friend is a beautiful thought.. but even more beautiful is the idea of having even one close friend & God on your side. Whenever you fall.. he won't leave you. He is there to help you through every moment, every trial. God is there to lead you both back when things are better... when you can be "yourself" again he can help you to find your path AND if this is the end, he not only waits with you to the last moments of your life, he then guides those who are there and loved you most back to the place that they need to be.

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