“Old-Timer” by Peter Marinelli
The following story was handed to me years ago. I was told by a good “old-timer” that this story was a great reminder of what we do (in our “Sacred” fellowships)
Flight of the Geese
The next season, when you see the geese migrating and going to a warmer place, pay attention that they fly in a “V” formation.
Maybe you will be interested in knowing why they do it this way.
By flying in a “V” formation, the whole flock increases the flight efficiency by 71% compared to just one bird flying alone.
Sharing the same direction and working as a team, get us to the destination quicker and easier. By helping ourselves, the accomplishments are greater!
When a goose leaves the formation, he feels the resistance of the air and the difficulties of flying alone. Then he quickly comes back to the formation to take advantage of the flock’s power in front of him
By staying in tune and united those who are going in the same direction, the effort will be less. It will be easier and pleasing to reach the goals, everyone will be inclined to accept and give help.
When the leader goose gets tired of flying, he goes to the end of the “V” formation while another goose takes the lead.
To share leadership, there must be mutual respect between us all the time. Sharing the hardest problems and tasks. Gathering our abilities and combining our talents and resources.
The geese flying on a “V” formation, they quack to encourage the ones in the front. In that way they keep the same speed.
When there is courage and encouragement, the progress is greater. A timely word of encouragement, always motivates, helps and strengthens.
It produces the best of benefits
When a goose gets sick, is injured or gets tired and he must leave the formation other geese leave the formation too and they fly with him to help him out and protect him
They remain with him until he dies or he is able to fly again
They reach their bevy or they just make another “V” formation
Stay beside each other no matter what the differences; especially in times of difficulty and great challenges.
If we bond together and support each other if we make true the spirit of teamwork regardless of our challenge.
If we understand the real value of friendship, if we are aware of the feeling of sharing, life will be more fulfilling and meaningful.
Chop wood, carry water