Thursday, October 10, 2013


Canada geese fly in 'V' formation for a very pragmatic reason: a flock of geese flying in formation can move faster and maintain flight longer than any one goose flying alone.  Synergy is a law of nature.

We have a lot to learn from these geese.
  • 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 quicker and easier because they are traveling on the thrust of one another.
  • Whenever 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 immediately in front.
    =>If we have as much sense as a goose, we will stay in formation with those who are heading in the same direction as we are.
  • When the lead goose gets tired, he rotates back in the wing and another goose flies point.
    => It pays to take turns doing hard jobs, with people or with flying geese.
  • The geese at the back honk from behind to encourage those up front to keep up their speed. 
    => We need to encourage others and to be careful what we say when we honk from behind.
  • Finally, when a goose gets sick, or is wounded by gunshot, 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 on their own or with another formation until they catch up with their group. 
    => If we have the sense of a goose, we will stand by each other, protect one another and sometimes make new friends who seem to be going in our direction.  It's all about team work and community.


a) The 'V' formation for families begins with strong parenting - leading from the front; providing
    direction, solid family values and positive role modeling.  Parents hold each other up by sharing
    the lead and backing one another up at all times.

b) When families are working as one unit they will go further, quicker. They help one another to
    achieve both family and individual goals.
c) When families work as a team they alternate hard and light chores.  When the work is done there
    is more time for fun.

d) Every family member needs encouragement.  Just like the geese, we all need to 'honk', or cheer
    each other on from behind.  You notice the geese at the back do all the honking.  Coming from
    behind is a selfless position to be in.  No-one is fighting to be at the front or be the 'best'.

e) If one family member is struggling the family gathers to help the 'wounded' one.  The family
    group can also provide a sense of normalcy in the 'wounded' one's life so they do not feel left
    out or left behind.  Families are committed to one another, no matter what.

Written by Sally Burgess

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