It takes hands to build a house, but only hearts can build a home.
Wednesday, October 03, 2012
Chapter 10, Page 3, Book 12
Now the wild geese are going over, Clanking their chains on the windless sky, Over the cornfields, over the clover, Shouting their wild exuberant cry: "Come with us, come with us---come."
Silver and gray, the wild geese wings Lift and spread in their miracle flight. Music fills their haunting cry As they speed against the encroaching night.
They shout a message as they go, Deciphered for every beast and man. Heed the season's farewell call Take to cover while still you can.
They are calling, And I, with no answer shaped in my mouth, Stand where the painted leaves are falling, Watching them disappear in the south.
Disappear from my sight and my hearing, Going to who knows what far land, Straight as an arrow, and not fearing The journey ahead. .. .
Silver and gray, the wild geese wings Beat in rhythm in miracle flight. . . . A poignant music their clarion cry As they speed against the encroaching night.
I lift my hand Bidding them to stay their avid going Across the wide and chartered track, Calling to them, and yet well knowing That only the spring will bring them back.
Wings in a wedge against the sky, On and on I saw them fly; Spellbound I stopped at the mystic sight . . . Wild geese making their southern flight.
How can a mortal doubt God's plan? Faith enough here for any man, Watching the blue October sky, Flame-touched leaves, wild geese on high.
Lessons From Geese
In the Spring, when you see geese heading North for the Summer or South in the Fall, flying along in V formation, you might be interested in knowing what scientists have discovered about why they fly that way. It has been learned that 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% greater flying range than if each bird flew on its own.
Basic Truth #1- People who share a common direction and sense of community can get where they are going quicker and easier because they are traveling on the thrust of one another.
Whenever 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 immediately in front.
Basic Truth #2- If we have as much sense as a goose, we will stay in formation with those who are heading in the same direction as we are.
When the lead goose gets tired, he rotates back in the wing and another goose flies point.
Basic Truth #3- It pays to take turns doing hard jobs, with people or with flying geese.
These geese honk from behind to encourage those up front to keep up their speed.
Basic Truth #4- We need to be careful what we say when we honk from behind.
Finally, when a goose gets sick, or is wounded by gunshot, and falls out, two geese fall out of formation and follow him down to help and protect him. They stay with him until he is either able to fly or until he is dead, and then they launch out on their own or with another formation until they catch up with their group.
Final Truth- If we have the sense of a goose, we will stand by each other, protect one another and sometimes make new friends who seem to be going in our direction.
We will reap the benefits if we will do as the geese do. Support one another.