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Lessons from Geese

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mariagoretti Mon 13-Dec-10 00:52:31

I came across this earlier and it summed up the way this board has helped me.

Fact 1:
As each goose flaps its wings, it creates an "uplift" for the birds that follow. By flying in a "V" formation, the whole flock adds 71% greater flying range than if each bird flew alone.
People who share a common direction and sense of community can get where they are going quicker and easier because they are travelling on the thrust of one another.

Fact 2:
When a goose falls out of formation, it suddenly feels the drag and resistance of flying alone. It quickly moves back into formation to take advantage of the lifting power of the bird immediately in front of it.
If we have as much sense as a goose, we stay in formation with those headed where we want to go. We are willing to accept their help and give our help to others.

Fact 3:
The geese flying in formation honk to encourage those up front to keep up their speed.
We need to make sure our honking is encouraging. In groups where there is encouragement, the production is much greater. The power of encouragement is the quality of honking we seek.

Honk, honk... honk, honk, honk...... honk, honk... honk, honk, honk...... honk, honk...

purplepidjbauble Mon 13-Dec-10 07:21:21


Goblinchild Mon 13-Dec-10 07:23:39

Honking geese are noticed.
One silent goose on its own passes without comment.

signandsingcarols Mon 13-Dec-10 08:07:44

honk! grin

intothewest Mon 13-Dec-10 08:48:27

and a HONK HONK! from me too grin

yoshysmum Mon 13-Dec-10 08:55:28

Honk, honk!grin

donkeyderby Mon 13-Dec-10 09:12:26

rethinks plan to have goose for Christmas dinner


wendihouse22 Mon 13-Dec-10 09:12:56

Go goose....go goose....go goose!

Like this.

Formidable creatures geese.

meltedmarsbars Mon 13-Dec-10 10:31:27


Our geese got poached last year...sad honk!

TheArsenicCupCake Mon 13-Dec-10 12:22:38


Ineedtinsel Mon 13-Dec-10 13:18:35


Honk Honk.

I need some "uplift" today am feeling drag and resistance.

wendihouse22 Mon 13-Dec-10 17:33:53

Get back in formation there, Ineedtinsel....

Get some and for nothing.


Ineedtinsel Mon 13-Dec-10 18:33:59

Thanx wendi grin.

purplepidjbauble Mon 13-Dec-10 19:43:04

Honk sad

Flapping like mad to get back in line

zzzzz Mon 13-Dec-10 22:57:00

honk honk honk honk honk

I like you, you old birds. You've cheered me up and I have had a dired week of school, and Flu and going baaaaaackwards.

Thank you

wendihouse22 Tue 14-Dec-10 10:25:17

My morning so far.....

Awake in the night with small goose (gosling? Is that the correct form?) and after 3rd time, just lie there, waiting for alarm to go off. By the time brekky done, could have done with a snooze.

Got ds ready for school. Watched dismayed, as he proceeded to remove every item of clothing, twice, cause that's what he has to do. Try to stop him scrubbing away at his hands and face till they are raw looking (and still, in his mind, NOT CLEAN ENOUGH). Running late again as we go through his autistic/OCD checks. Nearly forget his meds (which I beat myself up over, every time I spoon feed those anti-depressants (for OCD diagnosis), crushed and poorly disguised in yoghurt, into his small beak.

Check the Put his coat on then lose it a bit because he's managed somehow to get it inside out (after it's been put on right side up!) Re-check those plugs, doors and windows. Check the clock to notice that despite being up nearly 2 hours and living 5 mins from the school.... WE WILL BE LATE AGAIN!

Last but not least, say good morning to step-daughter on her way out the door to college.....only to be ignored and looked at like I am truly the most insignificant of beings. Oh Joy!

I swear, I almost followed her down the path....honking all the way! Afraid what the neighbours might think so, have perfected the soundless (internal) HONK!

Am now smoothing my ruffled feathers and flapping for all I'm worth..... just waiting for a breeze to uplift me.

wendihouse22 Tue 14-Dec-10 10:33:47

Thanks mariagoretti.....for this thread.

purplepidjbauble Tue 14-Dec-10 12:03:05

Flapping hard for you, wendi. Honk

zzzzz Tue 14-Dec-10 13:19:40

Wendi I have a vision of internal honking slowly inflating you. Have a flap from me, you sound like your mornings are VERY like mine.

wendihouse22 Tue 14-Dec-10 14:44:51

S'ok, feathered friends.....I'm "up there" now!

Far below me is all the stuff that gets to me. Looks small from up here.

purplepidjbauble Tue 14-Dec-10 16:39:16


I am putting in extra effort today for two reasons:

1/ I have made the inside of my first weighted blanket. I used marbles, and sewed them into pockets between two bits of lining material. That means that tomorrow I can piss about with fleece, felt, googly eyes, velvet and beads to applique a fairy onto the front. I also get to go browse round my local fabric shot grin

2/ Tonight I am taking my Youth club dudes and dudettes to the pub. We're off to sing carols, feed fish and chips to, and hand out presents from Santa to all the house-bound elderly people in the local area. I did it for the first time last year and it is AWESOME fun gringrin

So, lots of flapping from me to help anyone who hasn't had such a great time of it today

purplepidjbauble Tue 14-Dec-10 16:39:42

Fabric shop, obviously blush

signandsingcarols Tue 14-Dec-10 18:48:42

Oh purple that sounds groovy,

an extra honk to wendi

I too have had groovy day, (dh took ds down stairs and gave me a lie in, till 8am!!!!) and got a nap after lunch too, how lovely is he! grin grin,

ah!! have just realised a use for the teddy bear emoticon.

my dh is a bear


wendihouse22 Wed 15-Dec-10 17:59:54

Honking, ladies!

Hope you enjoyed your day purple. The youth club sounds grand. Good work.

Have just endured my monthly row with my ex husband who insists that I "have made" our ds as he is. Git. My beautiful son has two very real diagnoses from a number (over the years) of very real professionals.

I hiss (gooselike) in his general direction!!

purplepidjbauble Wed 15-Dec-10 23:17:13

Youthie was awesome, as always. I'm just hoping it doesn't go under with the budget cuts - big spending freeze on that sort of thing already sad

Exes are ex for a reason {{hug}}

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