Gull, Goose or Eagle….Choose Your Bird Behavior

I think people would be better off if they acted more like birds. Birds are very cool and clever and they do not deserve to be insulted by our derogatory terms like “bird brain” which imply that our little feathered friends are not intelligent. I believe that birds are even ahead of humans in technology; after all, they were “tweeting” long before we ever knew about Twitter!

Actually, birds reflect some behavior that we people would do well to model. However, I’d stay away from the selfish ways of the Seagulls. Although I love them and they are beautiful to watch as they soar above the ocean and then dive down with lightning speed to scoop up a fish which will become dinner, it seems as if they become rather vicious when they see something they want. Remember the movie Finding Nemo and the seagulls screaming “Mine Mine Mine” when fighting over food?

Although it is not the behavior we should emulate, I have seen similar human activity in a buffet line….but I digress.

Moving on to geese; we are all aware of the mystical V formation in which they fly. It is awesomely amazing to me that geese don’t typically fly alone, but tend to thrive in flocks and families. They fly in formation to distribute the hardship of travel. Of course, the front goose in the center point of the V meets with the greatest wind resistance, so the position is rotated every few minutes and the group can fly for long distances without rest. This begs the question: Why can geese figure this out, but it is next to impossible for a woman to get a man to stop the car at a rest stop at least once during an eight hour car trip?
If a goose becomes too tired or ill to continue the flight, it will drop out of formation WITH A HEALTHY GOOSE ESCORT and be grounded until it is able to continue. No one is abandoned. Wouldn’t it be great if all people stuck by each other and put their own agendas aside to assist someone who needed help? Talk about teamwork!

Is there a more glorious bird than the eagle? And they have much to teach us, as well. Eagles don’t panic and get tossed about in bad weather. When the winds come, they simply set their wings and are lifted above the storm. They don’t avoid the storm; they rise on the winds and fly above it. How much we could learn from them!

We can choose our bird behavior. Personally, I would love to have the freedom and agility of a seagull, the loyalty of a goose and the ability to weather storms like an eagle. Now, if I could just get rid of my turkey neck!


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