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5 Things I’ve Learned from Geese

Snowmaggedon 2011

Snowmageddon 2011

  • Avoid bad weather – every winter in Missouri, the hubs and I wonder  why on earth we continue to live somewhere that experiences cold weather and snow. We watch the geese fly south, and know that those geese are so much smarter than we are. After all, they feel the weather change and say, “I’m outta here!”
Flock of Geese

Flock of Geese

  • Travel with friends – I know it’s hard to see in the photo above, but see all those specks of black in the photo above? They’re geese. A big flock of geese. They stopped in at a field a few miles south of us on their way north. Seeing huge flocks of geese heading north is one of the signs of spring that I most look forward to. I always wonder how they know where to go, if they take the same route every year, and if they hang out in family groups.
Honk, Honk! (thanks to HVargas with WANACommons)

Honk, Honk! (thanks to HVargas with WANACommons)

  • Encourage those around you (honk, honk!) – the next time you see a flock of geese flying overhead, listen to them. The geese behind the leader honk to encourage the lead goose to keep going. We all need encouragement.
Geese in Flight - Compliments of WANACommons (mikeinwayne)

Geese in Flight – Compliments of WANACommons (mikeinwayne)

  • Mate for life – geese mate for life. It’s truly for better or worse. The two geese raise goslings, migrate and survive together. If something happens to one of the mates, another couple will “adopt” the single goose. Think about that the next time you see three geese together.
Goose Arrow (via WANACommons / rawdonfox)

Goose Arrow (via WANACommons / rawdonfox)

  • Work together (and occasionally switch up who takes the lead so you share the load) – the next time you see a V of geese flying overhead, pay attention to the lead goose. He is taking the lead, cutting into the wind so that it is easier for those following him to fly. But he isn’t the only one to lead. As the flock flies, the leader occasionally drops back and another takes the lead. They share the burden and work together, so that they all reach their destination together.
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2 thoughts on “5 Things I’ve Learned from Geese

  1. Cool! I love the analogy and the pictures are fun. But, you know we now have quite a few geese who have decided to tough it out through a Missouri winter. They never fly north or south, just around a few miles to sample a different cornfield or rest on a different Missouri pond. They’ve lost all wildness and fear of humans and tend to hold up traffic down at Truman Lake when they cross Westminster with a long trail of babies.

  2. We have a pair out by us that tough out the winter, too. We’ve always joked that they must’ve lost a few brain cells along the way. ;o)

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