Goose Philosophy: A Reflection of Life

May 31, 2012

Geese Formation

If you live in a four seasons country, when Autumn comes, you will see a flock of geese that are flying to the South to avoid the Winter season. These geese are flying in form of the letter "V" formation. Below are some scientific facts about why the flock of geese are flying in "V" formation.

Fact:
As each goose flaps its wings, it gives the "extra supporting power" for the other goose that fly directly behind its. This occurs because the geese which are flying in the back don't need to bother to penetrate the air wall in front of its. By flying in "V" formation, the whole flock can fly 71% of the distance farther than if each goose flies alone.

Lesson:
When people in the community are moving in the same direction, purpose, and by sharing to one another, will achieve their goals, faster and easier. Why? Because they are living together by encouraging and supporting to each other.

Fact:
When a goose flies out of the formation of the group, it will feel heavy and difficult to fly alone. It quickly gets back into formation to take advantage of power of the goose in its front.

Lesson:
If we have enough common sense as a goose, we would have stayed in the formation with those who went before. We might have had a willingness to give help to others, and accepting others help. It will be easier for us to do things together, rather than doing it alone.

Fact:
When the goose which are leading the flock gets tired, it will fly around to the back of the formation, and another goose will replace its.

Lesson:
It's just make sense, that to do such demanding and difficult tasks, community needs a turning and sharing leadership. People are relying on one another in terms of capability, capacity and unique arrangements of gifts, talents or other resources.

Fact:
Geese which are flying behind in the formation, are making noises to encourage the geese which are in front, so that the flying speed can be maintained.

Lesson:
We need to make our voices are encouraging to our leader. In a community, where people are encouraging to each other, the achieved results will be larger. The power of encouragement (standing in core values and willingness to encourage one another) is the quality of voices that we all seek. So, we must to make sure that our voices are encouraging, and not discouraging.

Fact:
When a goose gets sick, wounded, or being shot down. 2 other geese will leave the formation with that goose. To follow it down, to give help and protection. They stay with the fallen goose until it dies, or manages to fly again. After that they will fly with their own strength to catch the flock.

Lesson:
If we can learn from the goose, we could have been a better person. What would we do if our best friend got sick? Or, having an accident? Then, we would have done exactly as the goose did. Living in a community, we surely have felt difficult times, just like when we laughed together at good times.

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