A Sense of a Goose

Morning Story and Dilbert

Vintage Dilbert
January 28, 2015

Next Autumn, when you see geese heading south for the winter, flying in a “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 a “V” formation, the whole flock adds at least 71 percent 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 travelling 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 the sense of a goose, we will stay in formation with those people who are heading 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, whether with people or with geese flying south.

Geese honk from behind to encourage those up front to keep up their speed.
What message do we give when we honk from behind?

Finally – and this is important – when a goose gets sick or is wounded by gunshot, and falls out of the 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; and only then do they launch out on their own, or with another formation to catch up with their own group.
If we have the sense of a goose, we will stand by each other like that.

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  1. Reblogged this on Word For Life Says . . . and commented:
    Do we have the sense of a goose? Read this inspiring story and learn a lesson from these amazing creatures. Trust me, you will not be disappointed!


  2. dbp49 said:

    Reblogged this on Vancouver Visions and commented:
    With all the stories in the media these days of “lone wolf” attacks, and the carnage and destruction caused by one unhappy individual who has decided that he/she just can’t take it any more, I saw this post and immediately thought that this is what more people need to see, the power of the group, the strength that is found in helping one another, and standing together in the face of adversity. And then I thought of the Bible verse that says, “Though one may be overpowered, two can defend themselves. A cord of three strands is not quickly broken. -Ecclesiastes 4:12-

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  3. Carole Boshart said:

    Shared on Facebook on a closed group page I belong to. We support and motivate each other and I thought this was very appropriate for our group. Thank you.


  4. reinkat said:

    Reblogged this on reinkat and commented:
    So much for dismissing these creatures as “silly geese”. There is much to be learned here.


  5. Wendy said:

    Funny story, our sales meeting this week our RVP gave us this Goose talk about team work. In the evening events after the meetings….one of our “geese” took a drunken fall on the dance floor. Two of our other “geese” followed him down to pick him up. They immediatley started honking for more “help” to lift our fallen, laughing, drunken, limp, hilarious, comrad up to continue his flight.

    We will never let this goose story die. They guy who fell…..we call him Mother Shu. There is another funny story in there somplace.

    Thanks! Have a great week.

    Liked by 1 person

  6. yprior1 said:

    I don;t know the author – but heard this long ago and love it! thanks for sharing it – teamwork and so much more.

    Liked by 1 person

  7. Tweeted it just now. I have this on a poster, but is also anonymous. Thanks for getting it out there!

    Liked by 1 person

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