| In the
fall, when you see geese heading south for the winter fly along in
"v" formation, one might consider what science has discovered as to
why geese fly this way.
Each bird flaps its wings creating uplift for the bird
immediately following. A flock has a greater flying range in
formation than a single bird would have on its own.
When a goose falls out of formation, it feels the drag and
resistance of trying to fly alone and quickly rejoins the formation.
The goose takes advantage of the lifting power of the bird in front.
The geese in formation honk from behind to encourage those flying
up front to keep their speed. When a goose gets sick or wounded and
falls out of formation, two other geese will fall out of formation
with that goose to follow it down to lend help and protection. They
stay with that fallen goose until it is able to fly or it dies. Only
then do they launch out on their own or with another formation to
catch up with their flock.
People, who share a common direction and sense of community, can
reach a goal more quickly and easily because they are traveling on
the thrust of one another. It is harder to do something alone than
It is beneficial to take turns doing demanding work. By sharing
leadership and depending upon others in a group, there is a chance
to lead and an opportunity to rest.
It is important that our verbal messages are encouraging and not
Susan B. Anthony Project selected its logo because it is a
metaphor for our philosophy and our services. By moving together,
sharing leadership and dependence, and encouraging a positive
message, lift and support is gained in the journey toward safety,
healing and growth.