I really like, and respect, geese, and I’m musing about lessons we can learn from them.
I’m sure most of you know why geese fly in a V formation. If you don’t, it’s because as each bird flaps its wings, it creates an uplift for the bird immediately behind it. By flying in a V, the flock can go over 70% further than if each bird flew on its own. (I had to look that up, and it’s an amazing statistic!)
If a goose falls out of formation, it suddenly feels the absence of the uplift, so it hurries to get back in formation with the flock.
When the lead goose gets tired, it rotates to the back, where it’s easier to fly, and another goose takes over the lead position.
The geese from behind honk constantly (which is something I love to hear as they fly overhead.) They do this to encourage those up front to keep up their speed.
Finally, if a goose gets sick or is wounded and has to stop flying, two geese follow to stay with and protect it. Those two geese stay until the sick/injured goose can either fly again or it dies. Then they launch out on their own or with another formation to catch up with their flock.
So what lessons can we take from geese?
If we share a common direction and sense of community, it’ll be easier and faster to get where we’re going.
If we’re acting as a cohesive group, it won’t be as hard on us individually to reach our goal.
If we take turns doing different jobs, no one will burn out.
If we cheer each other on, we won’t give up before we get there.
And finally, we all need to take care of each other along the way.