Dear Companions on the Journey,
A colorful thought…
When geese fly in formation, they
travel about 70% faster than when
they fly alone.
Geese share leadership. When the lead goose
tires, he (or she) rotates back in to the “V” and
another flies forward to become the leader.
Geese keep company with the fallen. When a sick
or weak goose drops out of flight formation, at least one other goose joins to help and protect.
~ Author unknown
By being part of a team, we too can accomplish much more than faster. Words of encouragement and support (honking from behind) help inspire and energize those on the front lines, helping them to keep pace in spite of the day to day pressures and fatigue.
And finally show compassion and active caring for our fellow man (and woman), a member of ultimate team: humankind.
The next time you see a formation of geese, remember that it is a reward, a challenge, a privilege to be a contributing member of a team.
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RECENTLY I HAVE SEEN A LOT OF TEAMWORK (with emphasis equally on “team” and “work”) at the Paulist Center: Musicians and singers and dancers during Holy Week; art and environment and people setting up the auditorium; the great crews for weekly Wednesday Night Supper Club; behind the scenes organizers for our incredible Auction; folks cooking in perfect synchronization for a delicious Auction dinner; folks cleaning up “in a jiffy” after the Auction; folks tabulating returns for the Auction; so many bringing individual gifts and talents (bartending, auctioneering, calligraphy for silent auction offers); folks selling tickets; “Team Paulist Center” for this weekend’s annual Walk for Hunger. Whew! And there are more. But that’s a lot of teamwork, a lot of geese getting in formation to efficiently, joyfully, and beautifully make things happen.
How blessed we are, how grateful we are. And teams NEED EVERYONE. All are important even when some have higher profiles. The Spirit is everywhere. On behalf of all of us, Thank you so much!
What do you think?
And let us pray for/with one another.
The Paulist Center