Thought For The Day 07/27/12

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There Is A Lesson To Be Learned 

Everywhere We Look!

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Individual commitment to a group effort – that is what makes a team work,
a company work, a society work, a civilization work.

Vince Lombardi

http://www.quotegarden.com/teamwork.html

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There is a lesson to be learned from everything we experience in life. Sometimes the lesson is a most profound one. Other times it is just a little reminder of something we already knew. Sometimes those lessons come from an improbable source and sometimes not. But all are a part of what creates the very best person we can possibly become and for those of faith, who understand that all in our lives is other directed by a power greater than that of man, this is an especially poignant and special moment we savor every day. Take a lesson I learned yesterday about geese! I read this lesson in Godvine (http://www.godvine.com/register/) which is an internet post I subscribe to and which provides uplifting articles and videos aimed at making us feel just plain good. But when we remember the world in which we live, taking one single feel good moment out of the 1,400 minutes we experience every day is well worth it, don’t you agree? And for me, when I read something that I find unusually compelling, I usually want to discover what I can about the source of the wisdom I just shared. Here is what I discovered about the person who originally wrote the piece that appeared in Godvine yesterday.

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A secondary school administrator and former science teacher from Baltimore, Dr Robert McNeish, had spent many years observing the activities of Geese. He observed their social interactions and behaviors and discovered the remarkable capacity with which they bond together and unite, not just as a mated pair but also as a team whose very survival is co dependent one with the other. In 1972, coincidentally the year I graduated from high school, he wrote an article in which he described these observances. He entitled this article “Lessons From the Geese“! And as I read his words, I began to understand that Geese seem to have so much more going for them than we, a so-called higher life form, often can lay claim to. So read here today some of Dr McNeish’s observations and as you read, discover if there is a life lesson contained that might just serve you well in your life, not just today, but every day!

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We live in an area where geese are very common.

We see them coming in the Fall and leaving early Spring.

Their migration is an awesome sight.

There is an interdependence in the way geese function.

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FACT:

As each bird flaps its wings, it creates an “uplift” for the bird following. By flying in a “V” formation, the whole flock adds 71% greater flying range than if each bird flew alone.

LESSON:

People who share a common direction and sense of community can get where they are going quicker and easier because they are traveling on the thrust of one another. A shared vision and sense of purpose create synergy, making the going a little easier for all.

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FACT:

Whenever a goose falls out of formation, it suddenly feels the drag and resistance of trying to fly alone. It quickly gets back into formation to take advantage of the “lifting power” of the bird immediately in front.

LESSON:

If we have as much sense as a goose, we will stay in formation with those we see who are headed where we want to go.

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FACT:

When the lead goose gets tired, it rotates back into the formation and another goose flies at the point position.

LESSON:

It pays to take turns doing the hard tasks and sharing leadership — people, as with geese, are interdependent upon one another.

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FACT:

The geese in formation honk from behind to encourage those up front to keep up their speed.

LESSON:

Positive encouragement is a strong motivator. We need to make sure our “honking” from behind is empowering, and not something less helpful.

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FACT:

When a goose gets sick or wounded, two geese drop out of formation to follow him or her down to help and protect their fallen companion. They stay with him/her until he is either able to fly again or dies. Then they launch out on their own with another formation or catch up with their flock.

LESSON:

If we have as much sense as the geese, we will learn to stand by each other as we are achieving our goals.

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1 We then, as workers together with him, beseech you also that ye receive not the grace of God in vain. 2 For he saith , I have heard thee in a time accepted, and in the day of salvation have I succoured thee: behold , now is the accepted time; behold , now is the day of salvation.

2 Corinthians 6:1-2 KJV

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13 For if thou hadst walked in the way of God, thou shouldst have dwelled in peace for ever. 14 Learn where is wisdom, where is strength, where is understanding; that thou mayest know also where is length of days, and life, where is the light of the eyes, and peace.  

Baruch 3: 13-14 KJV with Apocrypha

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Copyright © 2011-2012 “MandysPath” Ministry

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About Mandy Bruscella

Mandy's Story: As a Registered Professional Nurse with Certification in a number of specialties including home care, I was afforded the opportunity of working closely with various Social Service Agencies in NY and NJ. ~ A lifelong Christian, I was ordained as a Presbyterian deacon in 1993 and, after relocating to SC in 2000, elected to become ordained as a non-denominational minister. ~ I established "MandysPath" Ministry in 2011. "MandysPath" Ministry is a member of Pacific Life Church, El Sobrante, CA, network of ministries. ~ I direct an outreach ministry in an alternative setting, providing spiritual care to a congregation of more than 500 people from around the world via the Internet. ~ As part of this outreach, I write a daily faith based blog. In March, 2012 I was asked to become a board member of Heroes For Children which is a non-profit foundation, established to assists the Guardian ad Litem program of Horry County, SC. Guardians ad Litem are a group of court appointed advocates who represent the best interests of children in Family Court proceedings involving allegations of abuse or neglect. Working closely with these men and women who make a difference in the lives of children, I completed training and have been sworn in to serve as a Guardian ad Litem for the state of South Carolina . ~ I have been married since 1975 to a wonderful man, Daniel. I have a son Daniel and his wife Melissa who live in NYC. My daughter Sabrina and my grandson Landon live here in SC. ~ My father Harold continues to share his wisdom with me and is responsible for many of the ideas I write about!

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