Charity Works of the Texas Pond
The Blue Goose Ponds, each in their own way, provide needed support for a variety of charities. Some spread donations over several charities. We help those in need.
The Texas Pond is a great example of the legend of the geese. We do all of this though team work by focusing on a charity each month!
The Texas Pond works to aid 5 different charities: North Texas Food Bank, Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children, Community Partners of Dallas, The Family Place and the Wounded Warrior Project.
The Texas Pond has donated over $20.000 in cash to these charities in the past few years. In addition to the dollars, we donate non-perishable food items to North Texas Food Bank and over 150 children’s books, toys, videos to Scottish Rite Hospital for Children, gently used clothing, toys or household items to the Family Place, Easter Baskets & toys to Community Partners.
Lessons from Geese provide a perfect example of the importance of team work and how it can have a profound and powerful effect on any form of personal or business endeavor. When we use these five principles in our personal and business life it will help us to foster and encourage a level of passion and energy in ourselves, as well as those who are our friends, associates or team members.
It is essential to remember that teamwork happens inside and outside of business life when it is continually nurtured and encouraged.
The original version of Lessons from Geese was written by Dr. Robert McNeish in 1972. Dr. McNeish, for many years a science teacher before he became involved in school administration, had been intrigued with observing geese for years and first wrote the piece for a sermon he delivered in his church.
SENSE OF THE GOOSE
In the fall when you see Geese heading south for the winter flying along in the “V” formation, you might be interested in knowing what science has discovered about why they fly that way. It has been learned that as each bird flaps its wings, it creates uplift for the bird immediately following it. By flying in a “V” formation the whole flock adds at least 71% greater flying range than if each bird flew on its own. People who are part of a team and share a common direction get where they are going quicker and easier, because they are traveling on the trust of one another.
Whenever a Goose falls out of formation, it suddenly feels the drag and resistance of trying to go through it alone, and quickly gets back into formation to take advantage of the power of the flock. If we have as much sense as a Goose, we will share information with those who are headed the same way that we are going.
When the lead Goose gets tired, he rotates back in the wing and another Goose takes over. It pays to share leadership and take turns during hard jobs.
The Geese HONK from behind to encourage those up front to keep their speed. Words of support and inspiration help energize those on the front line, helping them to keep pace in spite of the day-to-day pressures and fatigue.
Finally, when a Goose gets sick or is wounded by a gunshot and falls out, two Geese fall out of the formation and follow the injured one down to help and protect him. They stay with him until he is either able to fly or until he is dead, and then they launch out with another formation to catch up with their group. If we have the sense of a Goose, we will stand by each other when things get tough.
Lessons from Geese
Lesson 1 – The Importance of Achieving Goals
As each goose flaps its wings it creates UPLIFT for the birds that follow. By flying in a ‘V’ formation the whole flock adds 71 percent extra to the flying range.
When we have a sense of community and focus, we create trust and can help each other to achieve our goals.
Lesson 2 – The Importance of Team Work
When a goose falls out of formation it suddenly feels the drag and resistance of flying alone. It quickly moves back to take advantage of the lifting power of the birds in front.
If we had as much sense as geese we would stay in formation with those headed where we want to go. We are willing to accept their help and give our help to others.
Lesson 3 – The Importance of Sharing
When a goose tires of flying up front it drops back into formation and another goose flies to the point position.
It pays to take turns doing the hard tasks. We should respect and protect each other’s unique arrangement of skills, capabilities, talents and resources.
Lesson 4 – The Importance of Empathy and Understanding
When a goose gets sick, two geese drop out of formation and follow it down to the ground to help and protect it.
If we have as much sense as geese we will stand by each other in difficult times, as well as when we are strong.
Lesson 5 – The Importance of Encouragement
Geese flying in formation ‘HONK’ to encourage those up front to keep up with their speed.
We need to make sure our honking is encouraging. In groups and teams where there is encouragement, production is much greater. ‘Individual empowerment results from quality honking’.