Just a little follow up piece on the post from a while ago about teams and people going through difficult times.
I saw a lot of Canadian Geese heading south over the last few days while I was travelling. So of course, originally being from Canada, it made me think of this and how it related to the topic on difficult times and sticking (flying) together:
When you see geese heading south for the winter flying along in a “V” formation, you might be interested in knowing that science has discovered why they fly that way. Research has revealed that as each bird flaps its wings, it creates an uplift for the bird immediately behind it. By flying in a “V” formation, the whole flock adds at least 71 percent greater flying range than if each bird flew on its own. (People who share a common direction and sense of community get where they are going more quickly and easily because they are travelling on one another’s thrust.)
Whenever a goose falls out of formation, it suddenly feels the drag and resistance of trying to go it alone. It quickly gets back into formation to take advantage of the lifting power of the bird immediately in front. (If we as people have as much sense as a goose, we will stay in formation and so will those who are headed the same way we are.) When the lead goose gets tired, he rotates back in the “V” and another goose flies the point. (It pays to take turns doing the heavy lifting….)
The geese honk from behind to encourage those up front to keep up their speed. (Are we positive when we honk from behind?)
And finally, when a goose gets sick, or is wounded by gunfire and falls out, two other geese fall out of formation and follow it down to help and protect it. They stay with the goose until it is either able to fly again or dead, and then they launch out on their own or with another formation to catch up to their group. (If we have the sense of a goose, we will stand by each other like that when times are tough……)
So when things are heading south…..fly together.
And who says nature doesn’t relate to hockey???
Have a great week!