February 2011

posted 30 Jan 2011, 11:13 by Richard Jones   [ updated 30 Jan 2011, 11:15 ]
The Vicar writes . . .

programmes on TV. - A couple of weeks ago I was watching a programme about a man who has dedicated his life to studying geese. At the end of the programme the man said that from his observation of the birds he had learned 5 lessons that had served him well over the years.

As each bird flaps its wings,
it creates an "uplift" for the bird following. By flying in a "V-shaped" formation, the whole flock adds 71 percent greater flying range than if each bird flew alone.

Lesson 1:
People who share a common direction and sense of community can get where they are going quicker and easier because they are travelling 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 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 where we want to go and be willing to accept their help, as well as giving of ourselves to help others.
When the lead goose gets tired, it rotates back into formation and another goose flies at the point position.

Lesson 3: It pays to take turns doing the hard tasks, sharing leadership and responsibility. People, like geese, are interdependent on each other.
When a goose gets sick, or wounded, or shot down, other geese drop out of formation to follow it down and help protect it. They stay close until the goose is able to fly again or dies. Then they launch out on their journey with another formation or catch up with the flock.

Lesson 4:
If we have as much sense as geese, we, too, will stand by one another in difficult times, as wett as when we are at our strongest.
The geese in formation honk
from behind to encourage those up front to keep up speed.

Lesson 5: We need to make sure that our honking from behind is always encouraging, and not something else!

May God's blessing be with you all