Lessons From Geese On Sharing And Compassion

This is about a short article that I read sometime back about how Geese fly in a formation that I want to share. The article was very short but very inspiring for me. We have all seen group of birds flying together going to their destination but there is a very strong logic in what formation they make. By their simple habits these Geese end up telling us lot of important things.

When Geese fly in “V” formation, the birds in front create uplift for the birds in the back reducing their work by large amount. Just by staying in same formation, these birds can cover great distances without getting tired.

Whenever a Goose fall out from the formation, it will immediately feel that it is having to do more work and will automatically joins back the group.

When lead bird gets tired, it changes its position and somebody else takes up the lead position. That way they keep on sharing the most difficult position with each other.

The birds from behind make encouraging honking noises for the birds in front to help them fly faster.

I think the most important trait is that if one of the Goose falls sick or gets tired and is unable to fly, two of the Geese accompany him to the ground and wait for him to get ok and then take him along. The birds have learnt the art of sharing and compassion and is a real lesson for all of us.

On another note, I went to see aero show recently and I was looking at various aircraft being manoeuvred very well by pilots. At the same time, I was also seeing one Eagle in the sky flying close-by. It is really amazing that even the super-advanced technology and skill of pilots cannot match the effortless and majestic flight that Eagle was showing.


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