and speaking of community……

I get emails from this one outfit, not even sure how I got on their list. I’d unsubscribe but about every 4th one has something cool in it. This last one had what I’m posting below.

We all act like we’re doing our own thing, totally independent of everything and anyone else. But we’re not. The older I get, the more I realize how interconnected we all really are. Most of us lament that life in 21st century western civilization seems to have lost a feeling of community and connectedness. Well, are we acting in a way that fosters such connection and community? Are we looking out for each other? Celebrating each others’ victories and consoling the defeats? When someone expresses a real need, do you tell them “well, sorry to hear that, I’ll pray for ya” or do you roll up your sleeves and do something tangible to help the situation? Now I’m not discounting the power of prayer, believe me. My wife wouldn’t be alive were it not for prayer, but that’s a story for a different day. But maybe the person could use some groceries, or help mowing their lawn, or maybe their back hurts so much they can’t work so you spend half an hour and show them some things they can do on their living room floor out of one of the books. Or you take your elderly neighbor to lunch or the optometrist so they can get new glasses they can actually read with.

I’m not lecturing here so I apologize if this sounds holier than thou. No one needs to hear this message more than me. It’s so easy to get caught up in our own drama that we forget we are part of something bigger. Anyway, I dug the story below and thought I’d pass it on. I hope you enjoy it, too.

A Sense of a Goose
by: Author Unknown

When you see geese flying along in “V” formation, you might
consider what science has discovered as to why they fly that
way. As each bird flaps its wings, it creates an uplift for
the bird immediately following. By flying in “V” formation,
the whole flock adds at least 71 percent greater flying
range than 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 people who are headed the same way we
are. 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. What messages do we give when we honk from
behind?

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, and only then do they
launch out on their own, or with another formation to catch
up with their group.

If we have the sense of a goose, we will stand by each
other like that.

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