Photo by: Dojiline
“The power of encouragement is the quality of honking we seek.”
Several years ago in my life B.Y.P. (before yoga practice), I came across an inspirational piece of writing about geese describing why the flock flies in a “V” formation. I don’t know if it’s scientifically based, but I so love the ideas it articulates and have shared it with many people through the years. Unfortunately, I don’t know who wrote it as I believe in the importance of giving credit, but as I read it again, I have to wonder if it wasn’t an Anusara practitioner…
Do We Have as Much Sense as God Gave a Goose
Ever wonder why geese fly in a V formation? As each goose flaps its wings, it creates an “uplift” for the birds that follow. By flying in a “V” formation, the whole flock adds 71% greater flying range than if each bird flew alone. People who share a common direction and sense of community can get where they are going quicker and easier because they are traveling on the thrust of each other. When a goose falls out of formation, it suddenly feels the drag and resistance of flying alone. It quickly moves back into formation to take advantage of the lifting power of the bird immediately in front of it. If we have as much sense as a goose, we stay in formation with those headed where we want to go. We are willing to accept their help and give our help to others.
When the lead bird tires, it rotates back into the formation to take advantage of the lifting power of the bird immediately in front of it. It pays to take turns doing the hard tasks and sharing leadership. As with geese, people are interdependent on each others’ skills, capabilities, and unique arrangements of gifts, talents, or resources.
The geese flying in formation honk to encourage those up front to keep up their speed. We need to make sure our honking is encouraging. In groups where there is encouragement, the production is much greater. The power of encouragement (to stand by one’s heart or core values and to encourage the heart and core values of others) is the quality of honking we seek.
When a goose gets sick, wounded, or shot down, two geese drop out of formation and follow it down to help and protect it. They stay with it until it dies or is able to fly again. Then, they launch out with another formation or catch up with the flock. If we have as much sense as God gave a goose, we will stand by each other in difficult times as well as when we’re strong.
As we begin a new year, may our interdependence on one another give support and encouragement, and may our sense of community lift us all higher than if we were to fly solo.
I am honking for you!