"the nicest and the sweetest days are not those on which anything very splendid or wonderful or exciting happens, but just those that bring simple pleasure, following one another softly, like pearls slipping off a string."
Lucy Maud Montgomery

Sunday, December 12, 2010

Sunday serenity...

...Next fall when you see geese heading south for the winter, flying in their familiar "V" formation, you might be interested in knowing why they fly that way. Science has learned that, as each bird flaps its wings, it creates an uplift for the bird immediately behind it. By flying in a "V" formation, the flock together gains over 70% more flying range than if each bird flew on its own.
Like the geese, people who share a common direction and a sense of community can get where they are going quicker and easier, because they are traveling on the thrust of one another.
Whenever one goose falls out of formation, it suddenly feels the drag and resistance of trying to go it alone. It will quickly try to get back into formation to take advantage of the lifting power of the birds 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 going.

When the lead goose gets tired, it rotates back in the wing, and another goose takes over the point position. It pays to take turns doing hard jobs!

The geese from behind honk constantly, as you've no doubt heard whenever a flock passes overhead. They do this to encourage those up front to keep up their speed. An encouraging word goes a long way.
Finally, when a goose gets sick or is wounded by a gun shot and falls out of the formation, two geese follow it down to stay with it and protect it. They stay until it is either able to fly again, or dies. They then launch out on their own or with another formation to catch up with the group. If we have the sense of a goose, we will stand by each other.

~ Author Unknown


  1. I knew most of that, but I like how you put it all together.
    Have a blessed Sunday!

  2. I didn't know most of that but I love it that the geese stick together and take care of each other. God given natural instincts. Amazing.

  3. This was very timely Jojo....for me.
    What a wonderful analogy. One from which we humans could benefit.
    This has enabled me to better appreciate the importance of 'flying' with someone or a group through life's journey. We can't do it alone.
    Thanks so much Jojo, you have lifted my spirit today.

  4. We would all do well to remember that as we see someone struggling in life. I remember many times in my life that I have felt the power of friendly wings keeping me going ..........

  5. What a touching and beautiful post, my dear friend. It amazes me that animals know instinctively what humans should know intuitively, but so often don't.

    Thank you for being a part of my flock:)

    Love and hugs,

  6. What a great post! I did not know any of this and now find it fascinating. Would you mind if I shared it on my blog, of course crediting you for it?
    I am also amazed at what animals instinctively know what to do. thanks!

  7. And I am happy to be one of the geese in your formation sweet friend. Can you hear me honking?
    love you

  8. What a delightful bit of information! I love to watch the geese and I marvel at their perfect form. I agree with the writer that it would be so much easier to follow our journey on the wings of each other, supporting and lending strength! Beautiful post!

  9. I had heard this before and always think of it when I see them.

    We are here for you just like the geese. ((Hugs))

    I had a friend one time who looked up and said "Em are ducks!" Later I saw a shirt..."M R Ducks" hahahaha


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