The Legend of the Geese

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Sometimes I like to veer from my regular format for a blog. Today is one of those days. Since many of the P&P followers are writers, thus business folks just like our regular readers, I thought I’d share with you the legend of the Geese flying in the “V” formation. Whether you are writing, in a office setting, a Scout leader or the monarch of the family you have to work together. I believe this is just a great example of what we can learn from nature.


I certainly want to thank Grace Ford for sharing this wisdom from our feathered friends about the importance of good team work.

I. As each bird flaps its wings, it creates an uplift for others behind him. This is 71 percent more flying range in V-Flying Geeseformation than flying alone. People who share a common direction and sense of common purpose can get there quicker.

II. Whenever a goose flies out of formation, it quickly feels the drag and tries to get back in position. It’s harder to do something alone than together.

III. When the lead goose gets tired, it rotates back into the formation and another goose flies at the head. Shared leadership and interdependence give us each a chance to lead as well as opportunities to rest.

IV. The geese in formation honk from behind to encourage those up front to keep up their speed. We need to make sure our honking is encouraging and not discouraging.

V.  When a goose gets sick or wounded and falls, two geese fall out and stay with it until it revives or dies.  Stand by your colleagues in difficult times as well as in good.

Geese 2Now, wouldn’t it be wonderful if every group who worked together lived by the lesson of the geese?

My question to you all is simply have you ever used a lesson of nature to help you through your life’s path or an others?


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19 thoughts on “The Legend of the Geese”

  1. Great post Phyliss. I have always been amazed at the geese flying in formation. I had read about them before and such faithfulness they have in each other, we can all take a lesson from them.

    Have a wonderful blessed day!

    Smiles & Blessings,
    Cindy W.

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    • Hi Cindy. It’s great to hear from you. I’ve always thought this was a great life lesson and thought it’d be great to share. Hope all is well with you. Hugs, Phyliss

    • Hi Janine, it’s nice to hear from you. Lots of people know the story of the geese, but not everyone, so I thought it’d be a different type of post. Hope you have a great day. Hugs, Phyliss

  2. Love this analogy! I live in the Midwest now and never get tired of seeing the geese fly overhead during their migration. They alight on a small nearby pond to rest and at first are quiet as they rest from their flying. Then, after about twenty minutes, they start “talking it up” until, all revved up and ready, the flock takes off again.

    I grew up on the Pacific coast and have to say I much prefer the way of the geese to the way of the seagulls which is selfish selfish selfish. Seagulls will attack another one if they want the food the other has in it’s bill.

    Thanks for such an inspiring post today!

    • Thanks, Kathryn, for your great comment. I love it. We have a lot of geese here, but not as many as other parts of the country. My kids live out on the Pacific Coast (second time for them). Your comment about seagulls reminded me of one of our visits to Pismo Beach. The three older grands were small then. We have a picnic lunch and I remember drumsticks for the little ones. Abby was holding her chicken leg up, playing around and a seagull swooped down and grabbed it right out of her hand. Surprised to say the least … to all of us. So we learned not to swing anything in the air because they’ll swipe it right out of your hands. Thanks for a great memory for me. Big hugs to a great friend, Phyliss

  3. I love this post, Phyliss! What a terrific life lesson, too. I have seen geese fly in formation, mostly around here though it is pelicans, who were almost obliterated by DDT in the 60’s.

    Best wishes on the new book… I can’t wait! xoxoxoxo

    • Hello my friend. I didn’t realize pelicans were almost obliterated in the 60’s. That’s interesting. I love to see the geese fly over and they are almost always honking because we don’t have an over abundance of water here. I’ve seen them hanging around the middle school nearby during the day, picking at the grass. As much rain as we have been getting, the playa lakes are brimming, so the geese should be really happy! Thanks for the good wishes for the book I’m finishing up. Big hugs to you, my friend. Phyliss

  4. Interestingly, I did know this about geese. Did you also know that they, as well as many other birds, mate for life?

    Many creatures in the wild mate for life, one that comes to mind is the wolf — at least the wolves of yester-year. Wolves being put back into nature nowadays are bred to be a different bred altogether and they are antagonistic to humans — in the West — it was rare for the wolf to be antagonistic to man — and there are many stories (true ones) where wolves saved people.

    But I digress. Great post, Mary!

    • Thanks, sister filly, for dropping by. I think I knew that geese mate for life, but then when you mentioned the wolf, it got me to thinking. That’s interesting and I’d like to know more about it. Kay, thanks for the reminder about the wolf and I think I’ll research them … once I get this dern second book in the series finished. Big hugs, Phyliss

  5. Hi Phyliss, this is so interesting. I’ve always loved to watch the geese flying over. I stop to watch them because they fascinate me. I wonder how they know where to go. There are no signs pointing the way. They’re an interesting bird. They have a lot to teach us.

    Happy Birthday! Wishing you much love and happiness.

    • Thank you precious friend. I love the story of the geese and glad you liked it. I’ve had a great birthday and enjoyed ice cream with my friends! Love you, P

  6. Phyliss, I love this post of yours. We see a lot of geese here from time to time, and no matter what I’m doing I have to stop and watch until they’re out of sight. There’s something in us that marvels at them!

    Happy Birthday, dear friend! I hope you have a wonderful day today!

    • Thanks, Cheryl, fellow filly and friend. I love to watch geese too and enjoy listening to them. I thought everyone would enjoy the story, if they didn’t already know it. It’s so true how we should work in harmony with the way geese work together. I’ve had a wonderful birthday. Had ice cream and Cokes with writing friends, including one of our fellow fillies (LOL), both of sons-in-law called or emailed, along with my daughters and lots of my friends on facebook. It was really a good one! Thanks, girlfriend, for the kid words. Big hugs, Phyliss

  7. What beautiful pictures. I think nature shows us over and over again how much better things go if we work together. I once took a photo of a line of ants carrying huge – to them – cracker pieces. Not one of the ants was running off with his own piece!

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