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The Daffodil Principle

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The Daffodil Principle

Post by rahularya on Sun Apr 13, 2008 7:00 pm

The Daffodil Principle

Several times my daughter had telephoned to say,
"Mother, you must come to see the daffodils
before they are over.''

I wanted to go, but it was a two-hour drive from
Laguna to Lake Arrowhead.
"I will come next Tuesday", I promised a little
reluctantly on her third call.

Next Tuesday dawned cold and rainy. Still, I had
promised, and reluctantly I drove there.
When I finally walked into Carolyn's house, I was
welcomed by the joyful sounds of happy children. I
delightedly hugged and greeted my grandchildren.

"Forget the daffodils, Carolyn! The road is
invisible in these clouds and fog, and there is
nothing in the world except you and these children
that I want to see badly enough to drive another

My daughter smiled calmly and said, " We drive in
this all the time, Mother."

"W ell, you won't get me back on the road until it
clears, and then I'm heading for home!" I assured
"But first we're going to see the daffodils. It's
just a few blocks," Carolyn said. "I'll drive. I'm
used to this."

"Carolyn," I said sternly, "Please turn around."

"It's all right, Mother, I promise. You will never
forgive yourself if you miss this experience."

After about twenty minutes, we turned onto a small
gravel road and I saw a small church. On the far
side of the church, I saw a hand lettered sign
with an arrow that read, "Daffodil Garden."

W e got out of the car, each took a child's hand,
and I followed Carolyn down the path. Then, as we
turned a corner, I looked up and gasped. Before me
lay the most glorious sight.

It looked as though someone had taken a great vat
of gold and poured it over the mountain peak and
its surrounding slopes. The flowers were planted
in majestic, swirling patterns, great ribbons and
swaths of deep orange, creamy white, lemon yellow,
salmon pink, saffron and butter yellow. Each
different-colored variety was planted in large
groups so that it swirled and flowed like its own
river with its own unique hue. There were five
acres of flowers.

"Who did this " I asked Carolyn.

"Just one woman," Carolyn answered. "She lives on
the property. That's her home." Carolyn pointed to
a well-kept A-frame house, small and modestly
sitting in the midst of all that glory. W e walked
up to the house.

On the patio, we saw a poster. "Answers to the
Questions I Know You Are Asking", was the

The first answer was a simple one. "50,000 bulbs,"
it read.

The second answer was, "One at a time, by one
woman. Two hands, two feet, and one brain."

The third answer was, "Began in 1958."

For me, that moment was a life-changing
experience. I thought of this woman whom I had
never met, who, more than forty years before, had
begun, one bulb at a time, to bring her vision of
beauty and joy to an obscure mountaintop. Planting
one bulb at a time, year after year, this unknown
woman had forever changed the world in which she

One day at a time, she had created something of
extraordinary magnificence, beauty, and
inspiration. The principle her daffodil garden
taught is one of the greatest principles of

That is, learning to move toward our goals and
desires one step at a time, often just one
baby-step at a time and learning to love the
doing, learning to use the accumulation of time.
When we multiply tiny pieces of time with small
increments of daily effort, we too will find we
can accomplish magnificent things. We can change
the world AfA A sA A'A

"It makes me sad in a way," I admitted to Carolyn.
" What might I have accomplished if I had thought
of a wonderful goal thirty five or forty years ago
and had worked away at it 'one bulb at a time'
through all those years "Just think what I might
have been able to achieve!"

My daughter summed up the message of the day in
her usual direct way. "Start tomorrow," she said.

She was right. It's so pointless to think of the
lost hours of yesterdays. The way to make learning
a lesson of celebration instead of a cause for
regret is to only ask, "How can I put this to use
today "

Use the Daffodil Principle. Stop waiting.....

Until your car or home is paid off
Until you get a new car or home
Until your kids leave the house
Until you go back to school
Until you finish school
Until you clean the house
Until you organize the garage
Until you clean off your desk
Until you lose 10 lbs.
Until you gain 10 lbs.
Until you get married
Until you get a divorce
Until you have kids
Until the kids go to school
Until you retire
Until summer
Until spring
Until winter
Until fall
Until you die...

There is no better time than right now to be
happy. Happiness is a journey, not a destination.

So work like you don't need money. Love like
you've never been hurt, and dance like no one's

If you want to brighten someone's day, pass this
on to someone special. I just did!

Wishing you a beautiful, daffodil day!

Don't be afraid that your life will end, be afraid
that it will never begin!
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Re: The Daffodil Principle

Post by GetAhead on Fri Jun 27, 2008 4:42 pm

Nice one. Thanks rahularya!
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Re: The Daffodil Principle

Post by drashran on Fri Jun 27, 2008 6:00 pm

Thanks a lot :)
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Re: The Daffodil Principle

Post by soft_velvet on Mon May 04, 2009 3:37 pm

very beautiful! :wub: certainly inspiring
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Re: The Daffodil Principle

Post by stakez on Thu Aug 06, 2009 4:08 pm

Great post~ :)
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