Last Friday evening I was driving back to Ohio from two days of meetings in Michigan. There was a burning red glow of a sunset ahead as I drove south. Flocks of geese were silhouetted against the bright red sky as they circled in to land on the ponds along the way.
Based on the number of flocks of geese that I saw hurrying south, we must be in for some cold weather. When that many flocks are moving south at the same time it usually means that they are trying to keep ahead of the cold weather that is pushing them on their migration.
Watching the V formations of geese reminded me that they fly like that to save energy. The lead bird must be strong and break the path through the wind resistance. The trailing birds do not need to work as hard to keep pace because of the way the air flows off the leader’s wing tips.
The following birds keep the airflow moving outward off their wing tips, benefiting the bird behind them. You can hear the following geese cheering their leader on. The leader changes often enough to keep the flock moving ahead without slowing.
Their teamwork reduces the muscle energy that each bird in the flock uses to make the trip South. The more they work together the farther they can fly. All because of the energy saved by teamwork.
Teamwork will determine the distance we can fly ahead by saving energy.
Your flock may as small as your family or it might as big as your work group or community. What ever size flock you are with you can save energy by using teamwork.
Helping each other save energy reduces the amount of work each individual needs to do.
Some folks do not like to fly in formation; they like to go it alone. A lone goose cannot fly as fast or as far toward its objective as a V formation flock can.
Our goals of saving money and having a high quality of life is possible and is made easier for each of us, by everyone working together.
Point the V in the right direction and let’s get flying.
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