The Wisdom of Flying Geese
Quota International of Grand Rapids
When you see geese heading south in the fall, they fly along in “V” formation. You might be interested in knowing what scientists have discovered about why they fly that way.
#1–It has been learned that as each bird flaps its wings, it creates uplift for the bird immediately following. By flying in “V” formation, the whole flock adds at least 71% greater flying range than if each bird flew on its own.
#2–When the lead goose gets tired, he rotates back in the wing and another goose flies point.
#3–The geese honk from behind to encourage those up front to keep up their speed.
#4–Finally, when a goose is sick or wounded 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 to catch up with their group or fly with another formation.
Basic Truth #1–People who share a common direction can get where they are going more quickly and easily because they are traveling on the thrust of one another.
Basic Truth #2–It pays to take turns doing hard jobs, true with geese or with people!
Basic Truth #3–When we’re not in the lead, it’s important to honk our support from behind.
Basic Truth #4–If we have the sense of a goose, we will stand by each other, protect one another, and sometimes make new friends who are going in our direction.