Monday, October 19, 2009

flying in formation

When you see geese heading south for the winter flying along in a "V" formation, the whole flock adds at least 71 percent more flying range than possible if each bird flew on its own. People who share a common direction and sense of community can get where they are going more quickly and easily because they are traveling on the thrust of one another. When a goose falls out of formation, it suddenly feels the drag and resistance of trying to go it alone and quickly gets back into formation to take advantage of the lifting power of the bird in front. If we have as much sense as a goose, we will stay in formation with those who are headed the same way. When the head goose gets tired, it rotates back in the wing and another goose flies point. It is sensible to take turns doing demanding jobs, whether with people or with geese flying south. Geese honk from behind to encourage those up front to keep up their speed. Finally -- and this is important -- when a goose gets sick or is wounded by gunshot and falls out of formation, two other geese fall out with that goose and follow it down to lend help and protection. They stay with the fallen goose until it is able to fly or until it dies. Only then do they launch out on their own or with another formation to catch up with their group. How wonderful it would be if we had the sense of a goose, and would stand by each other like that.
—"Are You a Goose?" by Tom Worsham

A good friend of mine sent this to me and I found it very valuable. It reminded me of something I tell my audiences every single time that do a speaking engagement. I inform them that the biggest lie we tell ourselves is that we can do it alone. Maybe the geese in this story really get that and i hope you get it the way I finally did!

With much love,


P.S. Check my homepage for my next speaking engagement on October 24th in


Anonymous Wendy said...

Dear Stacey
I want to be a geese and that is why I follow you. I read whatever you write including your book three times. I look for your engagements and I love your blog. Thank you Stacey for being such an inspiration and sharing such wisdom.
A friend
Wendy Thelma Williams

October 21, 2009 at 8:04 PM  
Blogger Stacey said...

Dear Wendy
Thank you for being such a loyal follower. We must all stick together and fly in formation. Let me know where you are from and I'll let you know when I am speaking near you. I would love to meet you. have a great day...Stacey

October 22, 2009 at 3:04 PM  

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