After I read Rev. Matt Richard’s clergy article in last week’s Mitchell Republic titled “This is a different type of together” I thought about these two examples of ”working together.”
As we move toward winter, we start seeing flocks of geese flying south. The geese work together, flying in a “V” formation, following close behind each other.
It has been calculated that by flying together in a “V” formation, the whole flock adds 71 percent greater flying range than if each bird flew alone. Each bird takes a turn at being at the front of the group, then rotates back into the formation where it uses much less energy, taking advantage of the lifting power of the bird immediately in front of it. As they fly, the geese honk to encourage each other.
The same effect and benefits apply to a group of cyclists riding close to each other in a line (peloton), taking turns being at the front of the group. The bicyclist at the front has to work hard as he encounters a lot of wind resistance. After his turn up front he takes a rest at the back and another bicyclist takes his turn at the front of the peloton.
There is a great benefit to “drafting” in this way. Cycling alone uses more energy as the cyclist experiences much more wind resistance. When cycling as a group, the cyclists “Help carry one another’s burdens” Galatians 6:2, a passage The Rev. Richards quoted last week. The same is the case for geese flying in a “V” formation.
In the same way, as a community, nation and world, working together, sharing a common mission, encouraging one another, we can achieve much more working together than working alone.
Thank you for being a part of the community of Mitchell. In the past Mitchell has achieved a lot working together and we can do much more in the future working together for the common good.