It is funny how things just happen to fit together sometimes.
As the first light was coming up in the east this morning, I was having coffee on the porch. Suddenly I heard a familiar sound I expect to hear later in the fall. Three groups of Canadian geese, in their flying-V pattern
(we also had a late moon just like in the photo today) were flying low over the house. I realized they were headed to our lake and making their approach for a smooth landing. I don't know how nature instills in birds, insects and animals the the instinct of migration and how that road map of thousands of miles traveled by each generation is passed along. These geese were honking loudly to each other, so I assume that is how they stay together.
Flying in the V pattern reduces drag on the flock and allows them to move faster with less energy. Now I sure you wonder how this relates to things fitting together.. Last night, I was at a local political party county meeting. We had two speakers talking about why it is important to vote and what voting means to them.
One just had his 80th birthday, is a naturalized American and endured as a boy the last days of the Nazi Germany and war reconstruction. His view was that every person makes a difference, especially if they participate in our democratic processes. Together, no matter what party or candidate they support, collectively this causes our nation to continue to enjoy the freedoms so many fought to preserve. So to him it all boiled down to participation
. It is critical you play in the game, win or lose.
The second speaker was in his late 80's. He had served 20 years in the military and went through the trials of segregation in a "white man's" world. His voting theme was working together works
. He used specific examples in his life in the military, during the civil rights era and as one of the first black workers in a local steel mill. He said nothing can be accomplished alone. You have to work with others. He gave specific examples of times in his life where working together with others allowed much more to be accomplished than trying to do things alone. His years of wisdom were linked to the current political campaign for President, but also he had a message for those of us that want our community a better place to live.
How does all this fit together with geese. Well the Canadian geese have to work together to migrate and they have to participate if the flock is going to survive. This brings up my final thought. There is a child's book called Lucy Goose Goes To Texas.
"When the others went east, Lucy always went west. She never seemed happy to stay with the rest. Curious and independent, Lucy is a Canadian Goose learning the ropes. Her Mom instructs her and her siblings about the big trek to Texas that will occur when the first frost appears. Lucy decides to fly alone to Texas, and although she's enjoying the sites and sounds below her, she begins to get cold, tired, hungry, and lonely. She believes she has made a mistake by flying alone. She hears a honking sound in the distance and then notices the V! It's her friends and family! Lucy then receives a lecture: "
"We all get a lift when we fly in a V;
We don't get so tired; we fly easily.
It's all about teamwork; we all stick together,
So we get where we're going, no matter the weather.
We honk at each other to say, 'You can do it!'
When we work as a team, we know we'll get through it.
So let's go to Texas where we all get to rest!
Let's all help each other to each be our best."
"This engaging story reminds children that it’s great to be on one's own, but even better to be part of a flock."
It also is a lesson today in the last days of this election season. Someone will be elected our new President in a few weeks. Whomever that is we need to remember that they will not be successful unless we all work with them together and participate in what every way we can.
All this from going to a meeting and getting up early to have a cup of coffee... amazing!