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Thedaffodilprinciple

  1. 1. The DaffodilThe Daffodil PrinciplePrinciple
  2. 2. The Daffodil PrincipleThe Daffodil Principle    Several times my daughter had telephoned to say, "Mother, you must come toSeveral times my daughter had telephoned to say, "Mother, you must come to see the daffodils before they are over."see the daffodils before they are over."    I wanted to go, but it was a two-hour drive from Laguna to Lake Arrowhead  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."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 INext 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 bydrove there. When I finally walked into Carolyn's house I was welcomed by the joyful sounds of happy children. I delightedly hugged and greeted mythe joyful sounds of happy children. I delightedly hugged and greeted my grandchildren.grandchildren. "Forget the daffodils, Carolyn!   The road is invisible in these clouds and fog,"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 toand there is nothing in the world except you and these children that I want to see badly enough to drive another inch!"see badly enough to drive another inch!" My daughter smiled calmly and said, "We drive in this all the time, Mother."My daughter smiled calmly and said, "We drive in this all the time, Mother."    "Well, you won't get me back on the road until it clears, and then I'm heading"Well, you won't get me back on the road until it clears, and then I'm heading for home!"  I assured her.for home!"  I assured her. "But first we're going to see the daffodils. It's just a few blocks," Carolyn said."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."   "I'll drive. I'm used to this."   "Carolyn," I said sternly, "Please turn around.""Carolyn," I said sternly, "Please turn around."    "It's all right, Mother, I promise. You will never forgive yourself if you miss"It's all right, Mother, I promise. You will never forgive yourself if you miss this experience."this experience."
  3. 3. After about twenty minutes, we turned onto aAfter about twenty minutes, we turned onto a small gravel road and I saw a small church.small gravel road and I saw a small church. On the far side of the church, I saw a handOn the far side of the church, I saw a hand lettered sign with an arrow that read,lettered sign with an arrow that read, " Daffodil Garden ."   We got out of the car," Daffodil Garden ."   We got out of the car, each took a child's hand, and I followedeach took a child's hand, and I followed Carolyn down the path. Then, as we turned aCarolyn down the path. Then, as we turned a corner, I looked up and gasped. Before mecorner, I looked up and gasped. Before me lay the most glorious sight.lay the most glorious sight.
  4. 4. It looked as though someone hadIt looked as though someone had taken a great vat of gold and poured ittaken a great vat of gold and poured it over the mountain and its surroundingover the mountain and its surrounding slopes. The flowers were planted inslopes. The flowers were planted in majestic, swirling patterns, greatmajestic, swirling patterns, great ribbons and swaths of deep orange,ribbons and swaths of deep orange, creamy white, lemon yellow, salmoncreamy white, lemon yellow, salmon pink, and saffron and  butter yellow.pink, and saffron and  butter yellow. Each different coloured variety wasEach different coloured variety was planted in large groups so that itplanted in large groups so that it swirled and flowed like its own riverswirled and flowed like its own river with its own unique hue. There werewith its own unique hue. There were five acres of flowers.five acres of flowers.
  5. 5. "Who did this?" I asked Carolyn.  "Just one"Who did this?" I asked Carolyn.  "Just one woman," Carolyn answered. "She lives onwoman," Carolyn answered. "She lives on the property. That's her home." Carolynthe property. That's her home." Carolyn pointed to a well-kept small A-frame house,pointed to a well-kept small A-frame house, modestly sitting in the midst of all that glory.modestly sitting in the midst of all that glory. We walked up to the house.We walked up to the house.    On the patio, we saw a poster. "Answers toOn the patio, we saw a poster. "Answers to the Questions I Know You Are Asking", wasthe Questions I Know You Are Asking", was the headline. The first answer was a simplethe headline. The first answer was a simple one. "50,000 bulbs," it read. The secondone. "50,000 bulbs," it read. The second answer was, "One at a time, by one woman.answer was, "One at a time, by one woman. Two hands, two feet, and one brain." TheTwo hands, two feet, and one brain." The third answer was, "Began in 1958."third answer was, "Began in 1958."   
  6. 6. For me, that moment was a life-changingFor me, that moment was a life-changing experience. I thought of this woman whom Iexperience. I thought of this woman whom I had never met, who, almost fifty yearshad never met, who, almost fifty years before, had begun, one bulb at a time, tobefore, had begun, one bulb at a time, to bring her vision of beauty and joy to anbring her vision of beauty and joy to an obscure mountaintop. Planting one bulb at aobscure mountaintop. Planting one bulb at a time, year after year, this unknown womantime, year after year, this unknown woman had forever changed the world in which shehad forever changed the world in which she lived. One day at a time, she had createdlived. One day at a time, she had created something of extraordinary magnificence,something of extraordinary magnificence, beauty, and inspiration. The principle herbeauty, and inspiration. The principle her daffodil garden taught is one of the greatestdaffodil garden taught is one of the greatest principles of celebration.principles of celebration.
  7. 7. That is, learning to move toward ourThat is, learning to move toward our goals and desires one step at a time,goals and desires one step at a time, often just one baby step at a time andoften just one baby step at a time and learning to love the doing, learning tolearning to love the doing, learning to use the accumulation of time. Whenuse the accumulation of time. When we multiply tiny pieces of time withwe multiply tiny pieces of time with small increments of daily effort, we toosmall increments of daily effort, we too will find we can accomplishwill find we can accomplish magnificent things.magnificent things. We can change the world .We can change the world .
  8. 8. "It makes me sad in a way," I admitted to Carolyn."It makes me sad in a way," I admitted to Carolyn. "What might I have accomplished if I had thought of"What might I have accomplished if I had thought of a wonderful goal thirty-five or forty years ago anda wonderful goal thirty-five or forty years ago and had worked away at it 'one bulb at a time' through allhad worked away at it 'one bulb at a time' through all those years? Just think what I might have beenthose years? Just think what I might have been able to achieve!"able to achieve!" My daughter summed up the message of the day inMy daughter summed up the message of the day in her usual direct way. "Start tomorrow," she said.her usual direct way. "Start tomorrow," she said. She was right. It's so pointless to think of the lostShe was right. It's so pointless to think of the lost hours of yesterdays. The way to make learning, ahours of yesterdays. The way to make learning, a lesson of celebration instead of a cause for regret islesson of celebration instead of a cause for regret is only to ask, "How can I put this to use today?"only to ask, "How can I put this to use today?"
  9. 9. Use the Daffodil Principle. Stop waiting.....Use the Daffodil Principle. Stop waiting.....    Until your car or home is paid offUntil your car or home is paid off Until you get a new car or homeUntil you get a new car or home Until your kids leave the houseUntil your kids leave the house Until you go back to schoolUntil you go back to school Until you finish schoolUntil you finish school Until you clean the houseUntil you clean the house Until you organize the garageUntil you organize the garage Until you clean off your deskUntil you clean off your desk Until you lose 10 lbs.Until you lose 10 lbs. Until you gain 10 lbs.Until you gain 10 lbs. Until you get marriedUntil you get married Until you get a divorceUntil you get a divorce Until you have kidsUntil you have kids Until the kids go to schoolUntil the kids go to school Until you retireUntil you retire Until summerUntil summer Until springUntil spring Until winterUntil winter Until fallUntil fall Until you die...Until you die...
  10. 10. There is no better time than right nowThere is no better time than right now to be happy.to be happy. Happiness is a journey, not aHappiness is a journey, not a destination.destination. So work like you don't need money.So work like you don't need money. Love like you've never been hurt, and,Love like you've never been hurt, and,    Dance like no one's watching.Dance like no one's watching.   
  11. 11. Wishing you a beautiful, daffodil day!Wishing you a beautiful, daffodil day! Don't be afraid that your life will end, beDon't be afraid that your life will end, be afraid that it will never begin.afraid that it will never begin. If you want to brighten someone's day, passIf you want to brighten someone's day, pass this on to someone special. this on to someone special. 
  12. 12. I just didI just did..

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