Flying South - GEESE

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It’s that time of year again, when we see geese flying south for the winter.  We hear their honking and see that familiar V formation in the sky. 


I’m sure that most of us have heard the reasoning for this formation.  Scientists have discovered that as each bird flaps its wings, it creates uplift for the bird immediately following.  By flying in V formation, the whole flock adds at least 71% greater flying range than if each bird flew alone.  If a goose falls out of formation, it feels the drag and resistance of flying alone and quickly rejoins the formation.


Did you know that the reason the geese honk from behind is to encourage the others to keep up their speed?  Also, when the lead goose gets tired, it rotates back and another takes its place as lead.


There are so many lessons for us here.  First, people sharing a common direction can get where they’re going quicker and easier by traveling together.  So, stay in formation with those heading in the same direction as you are.  Second, it makes sense to take turns doing the hard jobs, and remember to encourage those taking the lead.


Another thing about geese is when one gets sick or injured and falls out of formation, two others follow it down for protection and help.  They stay together until it is either able to fly, or dead, and then they launch out again.  They either fly on their own or join with another formation until they catch up to their group.


The final lesson here is to stand by each other.  We should protect and care for each other. It is also good to make new friends who seem to be going in our direction.


Now, if we all had the sense of a goose, how much better would life be?


Be inspired this week!




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Make it Airdrie  ~ Terri Stephens ~ CIR REALTY





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Doug Dawes
Keller Williams Realty - Topsfield, MA - Georgetown, MA
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I remember seeing or hearing this about geese. The evidence of God is all around us. I would dare to say that there are many many people around the world that subscribe to what your post calls for

Sep 11, 2012 11:44 PM #2
Bud & Beth McKinney
Cary/Raleigh/Apex NC - The Team That Cares, RE/MAX United

What a great inspirational and educational post.  I really enjoyed it!

Sep 11, 2012 11:44 PM #3
Harry F. D'Elia
Real Estate and Beyond, LLC - Phoenix, AZ
Investor , Mentor, GRI, Radio, CIPS, REOs, ABR

Thanks for the well inspired post this day. Very enjoyable and refreshing

Sep 11, 2012 11:57 PM #4
Kwee Huset
Kwee Huset Realty - Venice, FL
Venice Florida Homes For Sale

Hi Terri, congratulations on your FEATURED post. Thanks for sharing.

Sep 11, 2012 11:59 PM #5
Alan Kirkpatrick
Austin Texas Homes - Round Rock, TX
Alan in Austin


Nice post. Hope you are having a great week and enjoy the day. 

Sep 12, 2012 12:01 AM #6
Jason Gracey
Re/Max Vintage - Cypress, TX
Re/Max Vintage

Enjoyable post.  Many of those geese are headed to the Texas coastal waters near the Houston area.  Birders enjoy adding to their lists at many of the great protected sites along the Gulf coast.

Sep 12, 2012 12:01 AM #7
Ginger Harper
Coldwell Banker Sea Coast Advantage - Southport, NC
Your Southport~Oak Island Agent!

I lived in Hyde County NC and I did watch the same things that you are telling us about.  It is very inspirational..

Thanks so much for sharing.



Sep 12, 2012 12:14 AM #8
Gary Poppens
Keller Williams Sioux Falls - Sioux Falls, SD

Simple but very effective, thats how life should be, and it can if we make it so. Nice post Thanks.

Sep 12, 2012 12:20 AM #9
Tammie White, Broker
Franklin Homes Realty LLC - Franklin, TN
Franklin TN Homes for Sale

Terri, I learned something new today about geese. Isn't it interesting the things we can learn from creatures who can't even speak. If only we could behave as well.

Sep 12, 2012 12:57 AM #10
Mike Carlier
Lakeville, MN
More opinions than you want to hear about.

Interesting goose info.  Someone once explained to me why the V flying formation is usually longer on one side than the other -- the longer side has more geese)))

Sep 12, 2012 01:06 AM #11
Joanna Cohlan
Fresh Eyes For Your Home - Chappaqua, NY
Designing, Decorating & Staging Westchester Homes

Great post Terri-we have lots of Canadian geese here and always see the V formation, but I never knew that they honked from the rear to keep tabs on the pace!

Sep 12, 2012 01:19 AM #12
Brad Kirkendall
Re/Max Allegiance - Manassas, VA

Terri, great post, good lessons and benefits from being truly part of a team working for the common good.  Now if I could only get the positive message from the flock spending half the year pooping in my back yard:)

Sep 12, 2012 02:34 AM #13
Gloria Valvasori, ASA
Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate Signature Service - Streetsville, ON
Quality Service, Exceptional Results, Since 1987

Terri, fascinating information.  I knew there was a reason for the formation flying, but did not know all the other facts.  Thank you so much for sharing.  I learned something today I did not know..  I am going to re-blog!!

Sep 12, 2012 03:00 AM #14
Adam Brett
The Adam and Eric Group - Fullerton, CA
The Adam and Eric Group, Fullerton's Finest

Terri, this was a great post with valuable information. I really enjoyed it. 

Sep 12, 2012 03:46 AM #15
Bruce Kunz
C21 Solid Gold Realty, Brick, NJ, 732-920-2100 - Howell, NJ
REALTOR®, Brick & Howell NJ Homes for Sale

Great Analogy, Terri! While we can certainly learn a lot from them, perhaps they could learn a little about cleanliness from (most of) us. So happy to see them go each year!


Sep 12, 2012 03:48 AM #16
Kevin Mackessy
Blue Olive Properties, LLC - Highlands Ranch, CO
Dedicated. Qualified. Local.

I had no idea that geese honking was a motivational cry to keep up the pace.

Sep 12, 2012 04:06 AM #17
Glenn Freezman
Family Abstract, Inc. - Horsham, PA

I was also led to believe that many of the flying formations we use in the Air Force came from Geese as well???

Sep 12, 2012 05:07 AM #18
Monique Keith
Ahwatukee, AZ
Ahwatukeenulls Favorite Realtor, Buyers Agent with

I loved this motivating post! Team support is part of the reason I went to work at Keller Williams Realty. They have a strong team concept. I was told when I started and have personally seen, that the country's top Realtor s work on teams.  I need someone to "honk" at me now and then :)

Sep 12, 2012 05:50 AM #19
Carla Muss-Jacobs, Principal Broker (503) 810-7192 | Portland Metro Exclusive Buyers Agent | 100% Buyer Representation ~ 100% of the Time - Portland, OR
Buyer Focused ~ Buyer Results

What a nice post about nature and how we need to stay more "in line" :-)  I noticed the geese last night while walking my dog at the park.  They were flying north . . . and I said "Hmmmmmm, you're heading in the wrong direction."  (Actually, Portland OR is a destination for a lot of Canadian Geese flocks, I was only joking with 'em).

Sep 12, 2012 07:04 AM #20
Evelyn Kennedy
Alain Pinel Realtors - Alameda, CA
Alameda, Real Estate, Alameda, CA


Love your blog.  I am a birder so the information about birds is welcome.  Comparing birds to people is a great way to show that the best practices of one group of animals can apply to other groups of animals.

Sep 12, 2012 11:25 AM #21
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