An amazing story of taking risks early in life was aired on the BBC in October. It is the story of the Barnacle gosling. Check out the 2 Minute Video on the BBC Page.
Barnacle geese need to nest their eggs high up on a cliff, so they are protected from predators, specifically the Arctic Fox. Shortly after birth, hatching form the comfort of the eggshell, these newly hatched goslings are called upon to take a nearly 4oo foot plunge.
Their parents, specifically the mother, urge these newborn goslings on to take the “Leap of Faith.”
These young goslings inherit a trait to follow their mother anywhere, but they are still reluctant to jump of this cliff. The filmmakers noted the goslings may take 30 minutes to half a day to muster up the courage to take their Leap of Faith.
What can we learn from the Barnacle Geese?
- Encourage our offspring to take the Leap of Faith.
As a parent of two young boys, we are always concerned about their safety and this is warranted, however, they need to be pushed to take the Leap of Faith and jump at opportunity when it arises. The Leap of Faith is where the great experiences occur in our lives.
- When you take the Leap of Faith, how you land decides your fate.
The Barnacle gosling is unable to fly, but they can glide. This gliding allows them to land on their bellies and absorb the impact. The courage to take a Leap of Faith allows new experiences, new learning for all of us. When taking the Leap of Faith, like the Barnacle gosling, we will fall, but is how we land that will decide our fate.
- Staying put allows your predators will gobble you up.
Arctic foxes will eat the Barnacle goslings that do not take a Leap of Faith. Waiting around to do something allows others to get ahead, to surpass you. Someday is not a deadline for accomplishing or doing something, someday is not a date on the calendar.