Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Somerset Hills

Open minds, loving hearts, helping hands


Peace in a Time of Chaos

Author Avianca Bouchedid, Written Oct 28, 2012

Ann Perry, President

As I write this, I am anxiously watching the weather page as Tropical Storm Sandy approaches. I hope that we all survive with a minimum of damage but I am sure there will be many of us who will need the support of our loving congregation and Giving Network over the upcoming weeks and months.
As we put the pieces back together again in Central New Jersey, you may need a moment of love, a hug, or a friend.  Stop by 123 East Cliff St. either physically or via our Facebook group to get your soul nurtured.  I am reminded of lessons we can learn from the geese in relation to the fact that UUCSH happens because we continually are nurtured and encouraged:

  • As each goose flaps its wings it creates an UPLIFT for the birds that follow. By flying in a ‘V’ formation the whole flock adds 71 percent extra to the flying range.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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’.

Stay safe over the next week and know that you are loved.  If you have not visited us for awhile, this might be the time to do so. I look forward to seeing you at an upcoming service or activity.