The idea immediately tells me that there are more places to look than within you, higher places. I can look up to the heavens, the universe, the creator, the stars or even to the angels and the paradox is that when you look up you find out that all of this is indeed within you.
I am thinking of something a little more practical and yet something truly majestic.
This morning I woke up to the honking calls of the Canada goose.
The Canada goose is an unlikely bird to look to when pondering leadership, how unlikely is it?
“The Cree (Canadian native) word for the return of the geese in fall is akwdnawak, meaning “driven by the wind,” because they fly with the wind and are driven to the shore.”
I like that image of Canada geese being driven by the wind. It tells me that they are going with the flow and not against it. I wonder what it would look like if people in families, organizations and even individuals began going with the flow toward the place that wants to be gotten to. To the place where they know they will prosper and be nurtured. It is a form of pilgrimage to where the self should be, where the self belongs.
“Canada geese are known for their v shaped flight formation.”
The v design in the sky moves forward, moves away and arrives at a destination.
How many of us know that we are on a journey, whether we are in formation or not?
Geese travel in community. They take their peers, their family members and their neighbors with them! They envelop innate respect toward one another there is no question of hierarchy; each magnificent bird is a leader.
“When the lead goose gets tired, he rotates back in the wing and another goose flies point.”
Nurturing does not only happen when geese arrive at their destination they nurture one another throughout the journey. Through recognizing the value of the other, a fallen or ill member is not dispensable.
“When a goose gets sick, or is wounded by gunshot, and falls out, two geese fall out of formation and follow him 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 on their own or with another formation until they catch up with their group.”
I dare to call this behavior, caring and an act love.
An act of self love is owning the knowledge that you cannot make it alone. While loving yourself know that you can love yourself better by asking for help.
“Whenever a goose falls out of formation, it suddenly feels the drag and resistance of trying to go it alone and quickly gets back into formation to take advantage of the lifting power of the bird immediately in front.”
When you look up you find out that all of this is indeed within you.
Theresa Norris CPCC, http://www.norriscoaching.com
*Muskekowuck Athinuwick: Original People of the Great Swampy Land – Victor P. Lytwyn
Photo – Steve Lenz Photography