This is a compilation of thoughts and quotes that I have found or written recently, as well as many that I've collected throughout the years. Most thoughts are posted randomly, as I feel inspired. A listing of quotes can be found alphabetically (check the 2008 and 2009 archives listing), or by source.

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“For as he thinketh in his heart, so is he.” – Proverbs 23:7

Monday, July 28, 2014

Lessons from Geese (The Goose Story)

The lessons to be learned from the geese are certainly applicable to our efforts to make our communities a better place to live and work. The lessons also point out our responsibility to our family, community and to each other.
     As each goose flaps its wings, it creates an “uplift” for the bird following. By flying in a “V” formation the whole flock adds 71 percent more flying range than if each bird was flying alone. 
Lesson No. 1: People who share a common direction and sense of family and 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 fly alone and quickly gets back into formation to take advantage of the lifting power of the birds immediately in front. 
Lesson No. 2: If we have as much sense as a goose, we will join formation with those who are headed where we want to go.
     When the head goose gets tired, it rotates back into the formation and another goose flies at the point position. 
Lesson No. 3: It pays to take turns doing tasks and sharing leadership, with people as with geese, interdependent with one another.
     The geese that are in formation honk from behind to encourage those up front to keep up their speed.  
Lesson No. 4: We need to make sure our honking from behind is encouraging not something less helpful.
     When a goose gets sick, wounded or shot down, two geese drop out of formation and follow their fellow member down to help and provide protection. They stay with that goose until he or she is able to fly again or dies. The two geese then launch out to find another formation of geese to fly with until they find their own flock. 
Lesson No. 5: If we have as much sense as geese, we’ll stand by one another like they do. We will improve our families, our communities and ourselves by service and bonding with each other.
by Dr. Harry Clarke Noyes, modified by Steven Densley

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