The Goose Story


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The Goose Story
by Dr. Harry Clarke Noyes

Next fall,
when you see Geese
heading South for the Winter,
flying along in V formation,
you might consider
what science has discovered
as to why they fly that way:

As each bird flaps its wings,
it creates an 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.

People who share a common direction and
sense of community 
can get where they are going
more quickly and easily 
because they
are traveling on the thrust of one another.

When a goose falls out of formation, it suddenly feels the drag and resistance
of trying to go it alone and quickly gets back into formation
to take advantage of the lifting power of the bird in front.

If we have as much sense as a goose,
we will stay in formation with
those who are headed the same way we are.

When the Head Goose gets tired,
it rotates back in the wing
and another goose flies point.

It is sensible to take turns doing demanding jobs
with people or with geese flying South.

Geese honk from behind
to encourage those up front to keep up their speed.

What do we say when we honk from behind?

Finally, and this is important, when a goose gets sick,
or is wounded by gunshots and falls out of formation,
two other geese fall out with that goose
and follow it down to lend help and protection.

They stay with the fallen goose until it is able to fly,
or until it dies.

Only then do they launch out on their own,
or with another formation
to catch up with their group.

IF WE HAVE THE SENSE OF A GOOSE,
WE WILL STAND BY EACH OTHER

LIKE THAT!

attributed to Dr. Harry Clarke Noyes in
ARCS NEWS, Vol. 7, No. 1, January 1992

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3 Responses to The Goose Story

  1. Brenda says:

    We have a lot to learn from the things we see around us every day, it’s so true! Great, inspiring post!

    Like

    • Thanks! As I said in my comment on your haiku-post, this has been my North Star for decades now. I’m glad it speaks to you as well.

      Thanks for taking the time to check it out, for clicking LIKE (and, especially for leaving me a comment so I got notification that you’ve been here!)
      xx,
      mgh

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      • Brenda says:

        My pleasure! XOXO Brenda

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