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DAFFODIL PRINCIPLE

Postby Cloud_Dancer » Sun Feb 24, 2002 4:53 am

I always fuss at my Dad in a joking way about how he spams me with his mail.. Well today he sent me this and I was quiet touched by the story and I thought I would share it with all of you....

THE DAFFODIL PRINCIPLE....


Several times my daughter had telephoned to say, "Mother, you must come 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 so I drove there. When I finally walked into Carolyn's house and hugged and greeted my
grandchildren, I said, "Forget the daffodils, Carolyn! The road is invisible in the clouds and fog, and there is nothing in the world except you and these children that I want to see bad enough to drive another inch!" My daughter smiled calmly and said, "We drive in this all the time." "Well, you won't get me back on the road until it clears, and then I'm heading for home!" I assured her. "I was hoping you'd take me over to the
garage to pick up my car." "How far will we have to drive?" "Just a few blocks," Carolyn said. "I'll drive. I'm used to this." After several minutes, I had to ask, "Where are we going? This isn't the way to the garage!" "We're going to my garage the long way," Carolyn smiled, "by way of the daffodils." "Carolyn," I said sternly."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 that read, "Daffodil Garden." We got out of the car and each took a child's hand, and I followed Carolyn down the path. Then, we turned a corner of the path, and 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 down over the mountain peak and slopes. The flowers were
planted in majestic, swirling patterns-great ribbons and swaths of deep orange, white, lemon yellow, salmon pink, saffron, and butter yellow. Each different-colored variety was planted as a group so that it swirled and flowed like its own river with its own unique hue. There were five acres of flowers. "But who has done this?" I asked Carolyn. "It's just one woman," Carolyn answered. "She lives on the property. That's her home." Carolyn pointed to a well kept Aframe house that looked small and modest in the midst of all that glory. We walked up to the house. On the patio, we saw a poster. "Answers to the Questions I Know You Are Asking" was the headline. 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 very little brain." The third answer was, "Began in1958." There it was, The Daffodil Principle. 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 mountain top. Still, just planting one bulb at a time, year after year, had changed the world. This unknown woman had forever changed the world in which she lived. She had created something of indescribable magnificence, beauty, and inspiration. The principle her daffodil garden taught is one of the greatest principles of celebration. 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. "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. 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?"


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nice story huh? :D
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Postby rathe » Sun Feb 24, 2002 5:11 am

Thats a nice deep one Cloud dancer.. keeps the brain working LOL

thanks for Sharing that with us

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Postby Opal » Sun Feb 24, 2002 6:06 am

That was excellent Cloud Dancer....you just gotta have a dream and never loose sight of it and then you just never know when your dream will become a reality!

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Postby Rippling Brook » Sun Feb 24, 2002 6:27 am

hankyou for sharing with us the beauty of the daffodils

It just goes to show that all the little things can add up to one great achievement!

One vision, one goal and one step at a time!!!!!!!!!
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Postby whispering breeze » Sun Feb 24, 2002 8:51 am

Thank's for giving us the chance to read this Cloud...It sent goose pimples down my back reading it.
It was really nice, that's the good thing when someone like yourself posts a story like this. We get to use our imagination and see the place for ourselves.
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Postby Little White Dove » Sun Feb 24, 2002 8:59 am

Thank you Cloud Dancer For bringing this to us it is a good reminder

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May you always have the courage To spread your wings and fly!
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Postby Running Bear » Wed Feb 27, 2002 1:20 am

Thanks for Sharing that with us Cloud Dancer
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Postby whispering breeze » Sat Nov 23, 2002 8:44 pm

I still love to read this, touches my heart everytime i read it. :3:
You are a spirit making your way, learn your lessons and hold your head up high. When you stumble, do not cry and give up, get back up and carry on. You are beautiful and you are loved, you are unique. Be proud of who you are, face your lessons with courage and when in need, ask for spirits helping hand.
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Postby Norma » Fri Feb 22, 2008 10:41 pm

There it was, The Daffodil Principle. 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 mountain top. Still, just planting one bulb at a time, year after year, had changed the world. This unknown woman had forever changed the world in which she lived. She had created something of indescribable magnificence, beauty, and inspiration. The principle her daffodil garden taught is one of the greatest principles of celebration. 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.


I was thinking of the daffodils about to bloom out here in spring and landed on this beautiful thread.... goodness, this makes me smile!
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Postby vicky » Sat Feb 23, 2008 6:09 pm

I am looking at my daffies and sending you smiles
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Postby caraway » Fri Feb 29, 2008 12:45 am

Thanks for unearthing this one, Norma. It is just what I needed today. :smilies:
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Postby Fantasia » Fri Feb 29, 2008 8:02 am

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?"


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Postby Norma » Sat Mar 01, 2008 10:46 am

So........ how are you putting it in use today?
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