Duck … Duck … Goose!

How is Walla-Pa-Looza like Geese?

Craig is taking the next couple of weeks away from blogging. That means that for the next couple of blog posts you get to hear from some of the "Walla-teers". I’m the first one.

Today I received an email from Simple Truths – The Gift of Inspiration about a book titled Pulling Together by John Murphy. The email shared an excerpt from “Lessons from Geese” author unknown, and I thought of Walla-Pa-Looza.

Yes, I am about to compare the Walla-Pa-Looza gang to a flock of geese.

As geese flap their wings, they create uplift for the bird following. By flying in a V formation, the whole flock adds 71% greater flying range than if any bird were to fly alone.

If we share a common direction and a sense of community, we can get where we are going more quickly and easily because we 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 fly 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 geese, we will stay in formation with those who are headed where we want to go, and we will be willing to accept their help as well as give ours to others.

When the lead goose gets tired, it rotates back into formation and another goose flies at the point position.

If we take turns doing the hard tasks and sharing leadership as with the geese, we become interdependent with one another. The geese in formation honk from behind to encourage those upfront to keep their speed. If we “honk,” we need to make sure it is positive and encouraging.

All of the people that are involved with Walla-Pa-Looza want to make a positive impact in the community and help local families that have been afflicted with cancer and we need the community’s help in order to accomplish this task. Without the help of the community, sponsors, companies that donate items, time, or gift certificates, the bands that donate their time and talent, restaurants that donate proceeds as well as other organizations, volunteers, step stools, stools and chairs Walla-Pa-Looza would not be what it is today. All of us are very grateful for all of the help and generosity.

In closing, one more quote from the book: “Looking beyond oneself, asking for help or accepting help can feel risky. But people are not given life to simply take from one another. We are here to give.”

Looking forward to seeing everyone at Walla-Pa-Looza Raisin’ Cash for Cancer 2010 on Saturday, July 31!

The best is yet to come!


  • Great story Robin!

    Comment by Mark — July 12, 2010 @ 7:42 am

  • Fabulous job, Robin!

    “Looking beyond oneself, asking for help or accepting help can feel risky. But people are not given life to simply take from one another. We are here to give.” <—- love it!

    Comment by Wendy — July 12, 2010 @ 7:47 am

  • Robin, that was a good blog! It is so true. We can’t do this alone. We never could have pulled of the first event last year in 8 weeks without the help of all of the volunteers! We are all busy in our lives and find it sometimes hard to spare any extra time. But when we do, the impact even a small amount of time creates can be huge.

    Comment by Joanne Wallace — July 12, 2010 @ 8:53 am

  • Beautifully written Robin. Without all of the volunteers there would be no formation, and look how far this organization has come in a year!! We are all part of the “V” of victory. God Bless all of you!!

    Comment by Susan — July 12, 2010 @ 12:47 pm

  • Thank you for the kind words! And Wendy I loved that quote when I read it as well.

    Comment by Robin — July 13, 2010 @ 11:33 am