“Many of us crucify ourselves between two thieves - regret for the past and fear of the future.” ~ Fulton Oursle

Friday, April 6, 2012

The flying Geese principle

A flock of geese fly in a V formation, with one goose ahead of the V. For many years, it was assumed that this goose was the strongest, the leader of the flock. Now, through aerial photography, ornithologists have discovered the leading goose creates a current of air that buoys up the ones behind, making it easier for them to fly. In turn, they create more air currents for the next goose, and down the line. When the leader becomes tired, it falls behind and another takes its position. By sharing the burden of leadership, all successfully reach their destination. [i]

This is a great reminder for us to realize how much the dynamics of a great leader truly helps the rest of their group or flock. Many people are not natural born leaders. For many, being a leader is not a dominate aspect of their character or personality. It is good to know that each person is needed at some point- to keep the rest of the group going, whether it is the action of being a good friend, partner, or family member. Each person must take their turn in being a positive lead at some point, in order to get the group, or person where they need to go. In turn, we receive the gift of being relieved of being the leader for a while, when we need that buoy of extra current that we need to get us to where we need to go in life.

I am very thankful for those in my life who manifest that extra current of positivity and greatness to get me to where I need to be.
Wishing everyone a fantatstic Friday filled with happiness and great things!


Collins, Ingrid. A Year of Spirituality (Kansas City. Andrews McMeel Publishing) 2003. 48

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