O, hear the voice of angels
speaking through the wind.
Love’s illuminating all,
even man who sinned.
Never far away is He,
though distance may seem real.
Within you dwells your living God,
whose presence always heals.
For God is all,
and nothing less will He ever do
But guide you, love you, protect you, and lift your thoughts anew.
Wipe the salty water from your tender, supple cheek
and lift your voice to answer back:
I am strong,
I am whole,
I am never weak.
Shout it out, “I hear you God!
You’ve called my name.
I lift my thoughts to you!”
For I believe there’s only one
I need to answer to.
I’m prepared and ready now,
I have what I need to win.
I am the victor and the light
Guided by the angel voice within.
I think that animals and nature can always teach us something if we dare to learn. Let’s discover what geese can teach us.
Geese are categorized as anseriformes, which include about 140 different species. A female is called a goose and a male a gander. A baby is called a gosling. A group of geese is called a gaggle. Though they are waterfowls they do like spending quite a bit of time on land. They love to eat mostly fertilized grass and spend most of the daytime doing just that.1
Geese fly together in what is called a “V” formation or a wedge. This enables them to fly 70% better than if they fly solo.2 They make a honking noise, which symbolizes “encouragement” to whomever is leading the formation and when the goose or gander who is at the point position tires or sickens, another one in the formation moves into that post so the one who needs rest can fall back.3
Geese are very caring for one another and feel more secure when together as a gaggle. If one in the gaggle becomes ill, some will leave the formation with that one and remain with it until it heals or passes on.4
Geese mate for life and if a partner dies, the surviving partner will mourn and go into seclusion. They often remain single for a very long time and sometimes even until they die.5
When the goose lays her eggs, she makes certain that they are well covered, keeping them hidden from predators and the gander stands guard over them. Both parents participate in raising their gosling, which is why scientists claim that the offspring of geese are expected to have long lives.6
When the goslings hatch, the parents immediately lead them to the water so they learn to become acclimated to it, sooner rather than later.
Geese are certainly extraordinary birds who seem to have a great regard for one another. Their loyalty to support each other when challenges arise and the flying gets tough is a lesson we can take from them.
The fact that both parents raise their gosling is most certainly another important practice that we people need to note, especially because this parenting increases the life expectancy of the geese’s progeny.
One of my favorite lessons from geese is how they remain with the one who is sick or dying until the very end. When I think of how many individuals are sent away to nursing homes, forgotten and overlooked, this act of compassion and benevolence from birds is most amazing and most definitely something that we humans should exercise more of.
The next time you come across geese or look above and see a “V” formation, maybe it’s a sign that it is time to make a call of encouragement to someone who needs it and cheer that person on.
1 Http://www.interestingfunfacts.com/author/ritu. “Cool Facts About Goose.” Interestingfunfactscom. 2012. Accessed September 19, 2016. http://www.interestingfunfacts.com/cool-facts-about-goose.html.
2 @peta. “The Hidden Lives of Ducks and Geese.” PETA. Accessed September 19, 2016. http://www.peta.org/issues/animals-used-for-food/factory-farming/ducks-geese/hidden-lives-ducks-geese/.
3 “Cool Facts About Geese.”
“William Roedel Rathvon, CSB, (December 31, 1854 – March 2, 1939), sometimes incorrectly referred to as William V. Rathvon or William V. Rathbone, is the only known eyewitness to Abraham Lincoln's Gettysburg Address, of the over 10,000 witnesses, to have left an audio recording describing that experience. He made the recording in 1938, a year before his death. A graduate of Franklin and Marshall College in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, and a successful businessman, he became a practitioner of Christian Science healing, served as a public lecturer, Church treasurer and director of The First Church of Christ, Scientist in Boston, Massachusetts. He was treasurer from 1911 until he was elected to the Church's Board of Directors, on which he served from 1918 until his death in 1939. From 1908 to 1910 he was correspondence secretary for Christian Science founder Mary Baker Eddy. He also authored "The Devil's Auction" often republished without attribution as "The Devil's Garage Sale".
The Devil's Auction
William R. Rathvon -1912
It was once announced that the devil was going out of business and would offer his tools for sale to whoever would pay his price. On the night of the sale they were all attractively displayed, and a bad looking lot they were. Malice, envy, hatred, jealousy, sensuality, deceit, and all the other implements of evil were spread out, each marked with its price. Apart from all the rest lay a harmless looking, wedge-shaped tool, much worn and priced higher than any of the others.
Someone asked the devil what it was.
"That's discouragement," was the reply.
"Well, why do you have it priced so high?"
"Because," replied the devil, "it is more useful to me than any of the others. I can pry open and get inside a man's consciousness with that when I couldn't get near him with any of the others, and once inside, I can use it with nearly everybody, as very few people yet know that it belongs to me!"
"You say you use this wedge of discouragement with nearly everybody - with whom can't you use it?"
The devil hesitated a long time and finally said in a low voice, "I can't use it in getting into the consciousness of a grateful man."
It hardly need be added that the devil's price for discouragement was so high that it was never sold. He still owns it and he is still using it.
: the act of making something less likely to happen or of making people less likely to do something
: a feeling of having lost hope or confidence
: something (such as a failure or difficulty) that discourages someone
: the act of making something more appealing or more likely to happen
: something that makes someone more determined, hopeful, or confident
: something that makes someone more likely to do something
Always feel encouraged to love! Encourage others!