Geese are comfortable in the air and in the water. But moving from one to the other isn’t easy.
Susan says, “Here is a goose making the transition from air to water; half paddling in the water, but still flapping its wings. Geese are at home in both of these very different elements. They are graceful in each, but not so elegant making the transition from one to the other. The transition involves a lot of flapping and awkward churning. Kind of like people. It takes a leap of faith to move from swimming to flying and vice versa, I should think. Even if you have wings and webbed feet. We humans, without wings and paddles, are not very well equipped to make our human physical transitions like from sitting to standing or emotional transitions like from laughing to crying. But to make any movement forward or upward we have to endure the transition. Like a goose. Great illustration of the abstract notion of transition.”
Lucia says, “Transitions are hard. No doubt about it. But I find this goose in the midst of one, beautiful. I disagree with Susan. The goose, to me, looks as graceful in transition from air to water as in each of those elements. I see this as a great illustration of elegance under duress, because, yes, transitions are scary, awkward, and uncertain. And, ‘like a goose’, we should strive to keep calm and dignified even during those times.”
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