Julia Morgan's original drawings for our Clubhouse, Courtesy of Cal Poly Archives

SEPTEMBER 2016 - With Gratitude and Grace, INSPIRE….. by Cyndi Runstrom

September 15, 2016 3:17 PM | Linda Wilson (Administrator)

When we are asked, “What inspires you?”, the response most often will be “Nature.” Although seeming somewhat of a cliche, for me Mother Nature is always a very honest inspiration. Looking around the Central Coast in the fall we see the many colors of harvest and the animals preparing for winter. We also find ourselves slipping into our comfortable routines of back to school, holiday baking, planning traditional gatherings with family and friends, and maybe adding an extra blanket to our beds. Nature has her routines as well. In the fall, where I live, we may catch a glimpse of geese overhead early in the morning.

With the start of our new club year this month, I find myself most inspired by our membership. I am inspired when I look at our creative and hard working members as they prepare to bring a classy spirit and elegant polish to our upcoming Sip and Sample annual event. It will truly bring added sparkle to this gem of Julia's. As all the elements are coming together, I am reminded of a beautiful story shared by a friend many years ago. I would like to pass it along.

      When you see geese flying overhead in a “V” formation you may be interested in knowing what scientists have discovered about why they fly that way. It had been learned that as each bird flaps its wing, it creates an uplift for the bird immediately following.

      By flying in the “V” formation, the whole flock adds at least 71% greater flying range than if the bird flew on its own…...People who share a common direction and sense of community can get where they are going quicker and easier because they are traveling on the thrust of one another.

      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….If we have as much sense as a goose, we will stay in formation with those who are headed the same way we are going.

      When the lead goose gets tired, he rotates back in the formation and another goose flies the point…...It pays to take turns doing hard jobs – with people or with geese flying north.

The geese honk from behind to encourage those up front to keep up their speed….We need to be careful what we say when we honk from behind.

      Finally when a goose get sick, or injured 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 to catch up with their group….

If we have the sense of a goose we will stand by each other like that.

You all inspire me,


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