There are many things that we can learn from the people and animals around us. Every day, we spend the majority of our time thinking about ourselves, focused on our individual lives, worrying about trivial things and what we want. If just a few people turn their heads to the ones in need or hold out a kind hand for someone struggling, our world would be a much better place. Clearly, however, everyone has heard this many times, but why have we not changed our ways? This is generally because we are lazy. It’s troubling for us to stop and help someone struggling, and tiring to hold the door for others. What we don’t realize, however, is that by helping others we also help ourselves.
In order to better ourselves, we can observe and learn from animals. Birds or, more specifically, Canada geese are compassionate animals, especially when they migrate. Such examples of these characteristics include how, as geese flap their wings; they create uplift for the bird behind them. A whole flock flying in a V formation, has a 71% greater flying range than if they flew alone.
If everyone realizes a common goal or direction. We can have a sense of unity with others. Then we will experience an easier journey and reach our destination faster. Helping each other with every step we take.
If a goose falls out of formation it suddenly feels a drag and resistance of trying to fly alone and quickly returns to the formation to receive the lifting power of the geese in front of it. When the leader of the flock grows tired it rotates back into formation and another goose takes its place.
If we stay in formation with those who are headed on the same path as us we will become more willing to accept their help and, in return, give ours to others. Like the leader of the V formation, we should take turns doing the hard tasks and share the leadership. Then we can become interdependent on one another.
The leading geese are encouraged by honks given from the following geese. Likewise, whenever we “honk” it should be positive and encouraging.
We, too, should stand with each other when we are strong and even when we are in difficult times.
By sticking together in life’s formation, we can change each other’s lives and encourage each other through our journeys. Geese are resilient animals and every winter they migrate across the world to reach their destination. They move as a formation to help each other and make the dreary journey easier. Let us all try to fly in formation and remember to always drop back to help those in need.