Flight of the Geese Means Victory
Why do geese fly in a V formation? The aerodynamic V shape reduces the air resistance. This enables the geese to cover longer distances. A flock of geese can fly 70 percent farther by adopting the V shape rather than flying in isolation. It conserves their energy. Each bird flies slightly above the bird in front of him, resulting in a reduction of wind resistance. The birds take turns being in the front, falling back when they get tired. In this way, the geese can fly for a long time before they must stop for rest. Why is the flight of the geese important to me? They can teach us a valuable lesson.
One goose takes the leadership role at the point of the V. Because of the wind and the rain, that's the toughest position. Our lives are the same. Our leaders usually face the toughest challenges. The “V” formation teaches us much about leadership and teamwork. Since geese will fly great distances in one stretch, the leader tends to get tired. When that happens, he drops back. Another goose from the back comes up and takes the lead. Throughout their journey, every goose helps out and takes a turn leading the flock. Because of the synergy of everyone working together, their flight is successful. The geese would never make it on their own.
Sometimes a goose has to land. Two other geese accompany that goose to the ground and make sure he's safe. When is the last time you can honestly say that you did something to help your fellow man? We neglect to remember that we are all on earth for a reason. It is part of our duty to help others in need along the journey called life.
It's not what happens to us, but rather how we react to what happens that makes us leaders. As with the geese, teamwork is mainly a matter of putting egos aside and doing whatever it takes for the good of the team. What if, when the leading goose got tired, the replacement goose said, “it’s not my job to work so hard?" Their flight would be short and many geese would or could be in danger. In life, we must all do our part. One person will not change the world, but by doing their part, all of us benefit.
Be willing to follow someone else's leadership. Be willing to lead when it's your turn. Have a loving and positive attitude. To what heights could you excel if you could focus your life as the geese fly? It's time to fly high. Take the time to change your perception. That is what you can change. Events will still happen, but your perception of these events can change how you think. If you change your thinking, you behavior changes. When your behavior changes, your results change. The results can serve as an example to those around you and will influence their behaviors and actions. Now, if just each of us changed our perception and thinking, the sky is the limit!
© 2009 Ken Ratajczak