Next spring when you see geese heading back north for the summer flying along in a "V" formation, you might be interested in knowing what scientists have discovered about why they fly that way. It has been learned that as each bird flaps its wings, it creates an uplift for the bird immediately following.

By flying in a "V" formation, the whole flock adds at least 71% greater flying range than if each bird flew on its own.

LESSON #1: People who share 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.

Whenever 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 power of the bird immediately in front.

LESSON #2: If we have as much sense as a goose, we will stay in formation with those who are headed the same way we are going.

When the lead goose gets tired, he rotates back in the wing and another goose flies lead.

LESSON #3: It pays to take turns doing hard jobs -- with people, or with geese flying north.

The geese honk from behind to encourage those up front to keep up their speed.

LESSON #4: We need to be careful what we say when we honk from behind. We need to be careful that we are speaking words of encouragement.

Finally, when a goose gets sick, or is wounded by gunshot and falls out, two geese fall out of formation and follow him down to help and protect him. They stay with him until he is either able to fly or until he is dead, and then they launch out on their own or with another formation to catch up with their group.

FINAL LESSON: If we have the sense of a goose we will stand by each other like that.

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