Lessons from Geese

As geese fly in “V” formation, each bird flaps its wings creating lift for the bird behind. In this particular formation, the flock adds 71% more to the flying range than if each bird flew alone.

Lesson: Social communities and fellowship are important because collectively, we achieve greater leverage.

Whenever a goose falls out of formation, it feels the drag and resistance of attempting to fly alone. It quickly realigns into the formation, taking advantage of the lifting power of the others in flight.

Lesson: While independence is important, traveling through life is easier with the assistance of friends.

When the lead goose gets tired, it rotates back into formation, allowing another goose to take over the lead.

Lesson: A true leader knows when to step back and let another shine.

Geese in formation honk from behind to encourage those in front to maintain speed and keep moving forward.

Lesson: Our “honking from behind” should always be encouraging and uplifting, rather than negative and unhelpful.

When a goose is ill, wounded or shot down, two geese fall out of formation and follow it down to protect and help. They stay with the fallen goose until it is either able to fly again or dies. At that time, they rejoin the formation.

Lesson: Following the example of geese, treating others with the same respect is paramount.


  1. I loved your blog, as I usually do! I am going to print this out and share it with my Sunday School Class - it speaks volumes.



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Bonnie Morét is an award-winning photographer recognized by The Georgia Council of the Arts as "an exceptional representation of contemporary Georgia art work." Her photography is featured on Georgia Public Broadcast's Georgia Traveler. Her exhibitions include Fifth Annual Exposure Awards at Musee du Louvre in Paris, France, Art Takes Miami at Scope Art during Art Basel Miami, Metro Montage XIII at the Marietta/Cobb Museum of Art, World of Water at the Georgia Aquarium, Open Walls at Black Box Gallery in Portland, Oregon, Wholly Georgia: A Look at the Effects of Southern Religious Culture, sponsored by the Art History League and Georgia State University, at Mint Gallery in Atlanta, Georgia, 6x6 at the Rochester Contemporary Arts Center in Rochester, New York, @Phonography: Dialogue in the Wireless Age, at 3 Ring Circus in New Orleans, Louisiana, and About Lands and Lives of the Civil War at the 6th Cavalry Museum in Ft. Oglethorpe, Georgia. Her photography appears in Modern Luxury/The Atlantan, Jezebel Magazine, and hangs in the executive offices at the Georgia State Capitol as part of the Art of Georgia exhibit. Corporate clients include Atlanta Ballet, Atlanta History Center, Chanel Cosmetics, Christian Dior Cosmetics, Sharp Mountain Vineyards, PM Realty Group, Granite Properties, Road Atlanta, Patrón Tequila, StubHub, CBM Records and The Washington Auto Show.