Thursday, November 19, 2009

Sky Watch Friday * Honk for Encouragement!

The geese flying in formation honk to encourage each of those up front to keep up their speed.

Is our honking is encouraging?
In groups where there is encouragement, the production is much greater.
The power of encouragement
(to stand by one's heart or core values and encourage the heart and core of others)

is the quality of honking we seek.

Geese are in the skies!
They're leaving
... for now ...

All week I have seen several formations of geese in the sky at once.
It is always I am on my way to work.

One morning, I just had to stop...
Two formations had already flown past...
But then there was a third!

~~~ Below, you can read more lessons from geese ~~~


by Milton Olson


As each goose flaps its wings it creates an "uplift" for the birds that follow. By flying in a "V" formation, the whole flock adds 71% greater flying range than if each bird flew alone.


People who share a common direction and sense of community can get where they are going quicker and easier 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 flying alone. It quickly moves back into formation to take advantage of the lifting power of the bird immediately in front of it.


If we have as much sense as a goose we stay in formation with those headed where we want to go. We are willing to accept their help and give our help to others.


When the lead goose tires, it rotates back into the formation and another goose flies to the point position.


It pays to take turns doing the hard tasks and sharing leadership. As with geese, people are interdependent on each other's skills, capabilities and unique arrangements of gifts, talents or resources.


The geese flying in formation honk to encourage those up front to keep up their speed.


We need to make sure our honking is encouraging. In groups where there is encouragement, the production is much greater. The power of encouragement (to stand by one's heart or core values and encourage the heart and core of others) is the quality of honking we seek.


When a goose gets sick, wounded or shot down, two geese drop out of formation and follow it down to help and protect it. They stay with it until it dies or is able to fly again. Then, they launch out with another formation or catch up with the flock.


If we have as much sense as geese, we will stand by each other in difficult times as well as when we are strong.

And a Good Sky Watching Weekend to you all !
Thank you to
our Sky Watch Friday hosts: Klaus Sandy Sylvia Wren Louise Fishing Guy


J Bar said...

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This Is My Blog - fishing guy said...

Maria: Those are neat photos and good lessons from the geese.

Diana said...

Hi Maria,
This entire post reminded me of one of my favorite movies. I still have it on V.H.S.!!! "Fly Away Home ".
It always makes me cry. It was based on a true story. You've probably seen it but if you haven't, it's an excellent family movie!
Thanks for posting about the geese. I really love them.
Love Di

Cathy said...

Maria: First of all I love the picture. Beautiful. Second, I love the lesson. Thank you for such a beautiful reminder.

Wanda said...

Lovely post Diana it reminds me of Fly Away Home which I watched numerous times over the years with my grandchildren!

Carol said...

What a wonderful post, Maria! I love to see geese flying in formation, you captured that nicely. And all the information is so good to read. Thanks for the lesson.

Sue (Someone's Mom) said...

That was wonderful. We have a field behind our house and we often hear the geese taking a break from their "fly over"!


Amanda said...

Great lessons from the geese mom, and a great photo too. You can really see the V and I love the ones that are flying in the center... wonder what they're for. One thing about geese is that wherever they reside their green droppings are plentiful, and the dogs might take it to snack.

Maria said...

Haha... I forgot Amanda... for you the Geese are a "mixed-blessing."

koralee said...

Oh Maria...I love you encouraging post today. God is amazing in his creation! We can learn a lot from these geese and from your wonderful words today. I love visiting you are my encourager my friend. xoxoxo

Vicki said...

Such a beautiful post, my friend! And so many wonderful lessons to learn from the geese. I think one of the greatest things we can do for others is offer encouragement. I know especially as teachers we need the nurturing and encouragement of our fellow teachers and administrators to be effective. I so appreciate you and the love you have for our students and the wonderful work you do with them each day. Thank you so much! Have a blessed Friday and wonderful weekend! Vicki

anupama said...

Dear Maria,
Happy to stop by at your site!i loved it!I never knew geese can teach us so many lessons!really wonderful!there is aproverb,''United we stand,divided we fall''.
we live in a society.there is no existence being,teamwork and care and concern towards our friends make the world a better place to live in.
wishing you a wonderful weekend,

Diane AZ said...

Great skywatch post! We can learn so much by observing nature. :)

Anneliese said...

I love this post! We can learn a lot from geese! I wonder how they learned these things? =) Quite amazing!

Linda said...

Maria, what a wonderful analogy. I am always amazed at the wonder of God's creation. Miracle after miracle.
I long to have as much sense as a goose!! (too often I don't).

Louise said...

I saw some geese this morning. They made me happy, as does this post!

Roo said...

maria! i seemed to have lost my comment... i shall try again. :)

love this...
geese are amazing animals, heh? we have many out here and have been waving good bye to them for quite some time now.

love to you friend. xoxo shalom....

Pearl Maple said...

Thank you for sharing this one, had seen it in a work presentation a while ago and just loved the whole theme.

Vicky said...

Great capture!!!! I didn't know we can get lessons from geese. Thanks for sharing