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Fly Right

One of the sure signs of autumn and spring in North America is a “V” of geese flying south or returning north.  Although it is esthetically pleasing, there is much more to the “V” pattern than you might realize.

GREATER RANGE

As each bird flaps its wings, it forces a movement of air that creates an uplift for the bird immediately behind. By flying in a “V” formation, the flock is able to travel more than 70% further than a goose flying alone could.

When we work together as a group moving in a common direction, we can get there quicker and easier if we cooperate and help lighten the load for others. Working together and supporting each other creates an environment of trust and unity, which leads to joy in our work, and a greater sense of fulfillment.

The Chinese philosopher Confucius said, “Choose a job you love, and you will never have to work a day in your life.”

When we feel we are valued members of a group we enjoy the work we do as part of that group, and in turn, we become a much more productive worker.

TAKE A BREAK

When the lead goose gets tired, it drops back into the formation and another goose moves up to take the lead.

The Lord has counseled us to use wisdom and not run faster than we have strength.

“…It is not requisite that a man should run faster than he has strength.” – The Book of Mormon, Mosiah 4:27

It’s important to take a break occasionally. In an organization, it is beneficial to change leadership now and then and get fresh wings in the lead. Not only does that keep people rested physically, but also creativity is increased, and enthusiasm is heightened.

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When a goose gets sick or injured and has to drop out of formation, at least two geese drop out with it. Those two geese remain with the injured goose until it is ready to fly again. The three then either start out in their own small formation, or join another larger flock, until they are able to catch up with their original group.

No one should be left behind.  We should always be aware of those around us who are struggling. There is no better exercise than reaching down and lifting people up.

Maya Angelou said, “When we give cheerfully and accept gratefully, everyone is blessed.”

Nobel Prize winning author Rabindranath Tagore wrote, “I slept and dreamt that life was joy. I woke and saw that life was service. I acted and behold, service was joy.”

If we believe, as the Book of Mormon teaches, that the purpose of life is joy, then we should live lives of service.

Mormon-Media-Network-Fly-Right-image-by-Morguefile-gracey-blogATTA BOY

When you hear the honks of geese overhead, you’re hearing the geese in the rear of the “V”.  They honk encouragement to those in the lead who, for the moment, are bearing the brunt of the work. We all need that kind of encouragement.

In study after study, it has been found that the biggest motivator for employees in any work environment is not money, but rather being appreciated. Money is usually in the top five, and moves around from study to study, but being appreciated is consistently number one.

Geese seem to instinctively understand what Horace Mann meant when he said, “Doing nothing for others is the undoing of ourselves.”

Life can be difficult, but we can each make the journey lighter with words of encouragement . . . Honk if you agree.

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This article was originally published on MormonMediaNetwork.com in 2015.

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Three geese on a pond by: morgue file, snowbear

Goose honking by: morguefile, gracey

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RELATED QUOTES:

“Hide not your talents, they for use were made, What’s a sundial in the shade?” – Benjamin Franklin

Work without love is slavery. – Mother Teresa

“If you care about what you do and work hard at it, there isn’t anything you can’t do if you want to.” – Jim Henson

“Doing nothing for others is the undoing of ourselves.” – Horace Mann

Autumn Recipes

Mormon-Hippie-Forgotten-Skills-Pumpkin-Soup“Come, ye thankful people come, raise a song of harvest home; all is safeIy gathered in, ere the winter storms begin.”

In this episode of “Forgotten Skills Radio”, video and internet producer Lori Henderson joins authors Caleb Warnock and Janiel Miller to discuss and share autumn recipes. (Audio – 27 min.)

Get recipes for:

  • Wicked Good Over-night Carmel French Toast
  • Roasted Pumpkin Seeds
  • Chilled Pumpkin Soup
  • Stevia Apple Cider
  • Seasoned Zucchini Chips
  • Spiced Nuts
  • Lightly-sweetened Popcorn

For more holiday ideas, listen to the Mormon Tea episode Fill My Cup with Tradition. (Audio – 27 min.)

Learn to make an authentic German Apple Strudel. Lori teaches you how in this step-by-step video.

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Get your own heirloom seeds at Seed Renaissance.

Listen to Caleb’s previous episodes on the Mormon Hippie home page.

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Forgotten Skills Radio theme music written and performed by Craig Miner.

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In Memory of Thanksgiving — That Holiday We Used to Have Before Christmas

Every year it seems that Christmas sales, promotions and decorations show up earlier and earlier. Thanksgiving is being pushed back into the dark corners of America’s holiday storehouse.

One man is on a personal crusade to rectify that. “The Pilgrim” is determined to bring back Thanksgiving.

Visit The Pilgrim’s Facebook page.

“The Pilgrim” is not a creation of Mormon Hippie (but is a really good friend).

Tips for Writing

She had a dream. She woke up and wrote it down. Now she’s a best-selling author. Writing is just that simple . . . oh wait, did we forget to mention the re-writes, and the re-writes, and the other re-writes, and the editing, and the re-writes?

In this episode of “Forgotten Skills Radio”, best selling author Caleb Warnock and Janiel Miller discuss the writing process.

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Get your own heirloom seeds at Seed Renaissance.

Listen to Caleb’s previous episodes on the Mormon Hippie home page.

Mormon Hippie is a member of the Mormon Media Network.

Forgotten Skills Radio theme music written and performed by Craig Miner.

Wholesome Living, Celebration & Gladness of Heart

Mormon-Hippie-Wholesome-Living,-Celebration--Cake-photo-by-wikimedia-commons-CdnStarSeveral years ago, I attended a lecture by Michael Pollan at Abravanel Hall in Salt Lake City, Utah.  He had been invited by the “Slow Food Utah” organizers and his subject was about the nature of food, our environment, and healthful eating. He displayed on a very large screen a photo of a decadently rich and luscious slice of chocolate cake.  The reaction, as he expected, was a collective groan of desire and guilt from the audience.  He went on to say that in America that is the general reaction.  However, in France, the reaction is one of Celebration!

One of my favorite books is French Women Don’t Get Fat:  The Secret of Eating For Pleasure by Mireille Guiliano.  Not only is it an absolutely delightful and inspiring read, but it seems to me that the French people seem to understand and live the Word of Wisdom!  There are a few things I personally set aside — the author builds a pretty persuasive case for enjoying a glass of wine with dinner!  But I live by my rules!

Consider a few of the French philosophies found in French Women Don’t Get Fat:

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As we study, ponder and pray, a new perspective and attitude toward food and healthy living takes shape, and a new kind of gratitude flows from deep within as we receive the wonderful blessings and experiences good food offers us.

In the Doctrine & Covenants, Section 59, the Lord commands the saints to righteous living and offers these words:

Yea, blessed are they whose feet stand upon the land of Zion, who have obeyed my gospel; for they shall receive for their reward the good things of the earth, and it shall bring forth in its strength.

Verily I say, that inasmuch as ye do this, the fullness of the earth is yours . . . the herb, and the good things which come of the earth, whether for food or for raiment, or for houses, or for barns, or for orchards, or for gardens, or for vineyards;

Yea, all things which come of  the earth, in the season thereof, are made for the benefit and the use of man, both to please the eye and to gladden the heart;

Yea, for food and for raiment, for taste and for smell, to strengthen the body and to enliven the soul.

And it pleaseth God that he hath given all these things unto man; for unto this end were they made to be used, with judgment . . . D&C 59:3 16-20 (italics added)

I believe we can, with gratitude and not remorse, indulge in beautiful, festive, and delicious celebrations that bind us as families and friends and cultures.

Let’s Celebrate!

— Lori Henderson, Producer/Host of “Mormon Tea” on the Mormon Media Network.

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This is an excerpt from a “Mormon Tea” article posted by Mormon Media Network.  To view the article in its entirety, click here.

This is an excerpt from a “Mormon Tea” article posted by Mormon Media Network.  To view the article in its entirety, click here.

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Fill My Cup with Conscious Living – Segment 4 of 4

In this final segment of “Fill My Cup with Conscious Living”, Vicki Talmage tells her personal story of overcoming tragedy and devastating loss that “Surpasses Understanding.” (Audio 25:14)

If you missed the first three segments of this discussion, you can find them here.

  • Find this episode’s Raw Food Menu and Vicki’s recipes here, along with additional information about how you can reclaim health, love and joy!

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