Life Lessons Learned From Nature
We can see a lake from both the kitchen and dining room of our house (here in California we call a pond a lake). A special treat is to see the beautiful Geese framed in the evening sunshine against the mountains and vineyards as they fly together from one lake to another.
There are important lessons to be learned and lived from Geese that can have a profound and powerful effect on any form of personal or business relationship.
Geese take full advantage of the power of their group, sharing leadership responsibilities and flying in a structure that enables the flock to leverage the strength and power of its individual members. It is said that the Geese can make an annual migratory round trip journey of more than 5,000 miles at a speed of 50 mph or more!
What follows are relationship and business Life Lessons learned From Nature.
The orginal is from a speech given by Angeles Arrien, based on the work of Milton Olson.
Lesson 1 – The Importance of Focus to Achieve Goals
As each goose flaps its wings it creates “Uplift” for the birds that follow. By flying in a ‘V’ formation the whole flock adds 71 percent more to the flying range.
Outcome : When we have a sense of community and focus, we create thrust/trust and can help each other to achieve our goals more quickly and easily.
Lesson 2 – The Importance of Team Work
Whenever a goose falls out of formation it suddenly feels the drag and resistance of flying alone. It quickly moves back to take advantage of the lifting power of the birds in front.
Outcome : When we have as much sense as geese we stay in formation with those headed the same way we want to go. We would be willing to accept their help and equally give our help to them and others.
Lesson 3 – The Importance of Sharing
When a goose tires of flying up front it drops back into formation and another goose flies to the point position.
Outcome: It pays to take turns doing the hard tasks. It is imperative that we respect and protect each other’s unique skills, capabilities, talents and resources.
Lesson 4 – The Importance of Empathy and Understanding
When a goose gets sick or is shot and falls down from the sky, two geese drop out of formation and follow it down to the ground to help and protect it. They stay with it until it heals or dies and only then, together, take off to join another flock.
Outcome: If we have as much sense as geese we will stand by each other in difficult times, as well as when the going gets tough.
Lesson 5 – The Importance of Encouragement
Geese flying in formation ‘Honk’ to encourage those in front of them to keep up with their speed.
Outcome: We need to make sure our honking is encouraging. Where there is encouragement, productivity is much greater. Individual empowerment results from quality honking.
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