Rosemead Kiwanis Club
"Serving the Community Since 1945"
The Fax of Life
A weekly inspiration, courtesy of the Kiwanis Club of Scott's Valley
February 23, 1997 Vol. 2, No. 16
A Sense of Goose
Next fall, when you see geese heading south for the winter flying in a "V" formation, you might consider what science has discovered about why they fly that way.
As each bird flaps its wings, it creates an uplift for the bird immediately following. By fling in a "V" formation, the whole flock adds at least 71 percent greater flying range that 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 people 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, whether with people or with geese flying south.
Geese honk from behind to encourage those up front to keep up their speed.
What messages 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 formation, two other geese fall out that 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.
---- Author unknown
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