There is nothing more inspiring than to look up in the cold grey winter sky and see a flock of wild geese passing over. Here, in the west, weather wise, our seasons don’t always conform to what the rest of the nation is doing and so, for the last few weeks there have been long strands of wild-wings in the skies over head. The flight of waterfowl always indicates to me either the end, or the beginning, of a primal journey. They are either going to or returning from places familiar, over routes that require no compass or satellite guidance. Perhaps you live in an area where you have seen the long “V” formations overhead during migration.
As my Tribal friends have taught me, in life, as in business, understanding why things happen in nature can serve as a beneficial guide to harmony and increasing success. There are two main reasons that geese fly in formation. The first is the conservation of energy. Imagine flying a thousand miles or more each year. Each bird flying slightly above the one in front decreases the wind resistance and allows for long periods of flight without the need to stop and rest. Geese, flying alone, have an increase in heart rate that requires more frequent stops to rest and a greater strain on their heart and health. The second reason for flying in formation is that it is much easier to keep track of every bird in the group. Communication and coordination are improved in this way.
Don’t spend time worrying about your place in the formation… You too will be called upon to lead one day. Fly strong and true!
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