The Daffodil Principle

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I am on Britt Malka's email list, and I received this today. It's really
nice, inspiring, and has everything to do not only with business but
also life.

Apparently this story is from an author whose name is credited at
the end.

Here's the email. Enjoy, and incorporate the Daffodil Principle into your
life either today or tomorrow - but no later than tomorrow.

I read this inspirational story today, and thought I would share it
with you.



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, "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 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 A-frame
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 in 1958."

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 thirty-five years before, had begun - one bulb
at a time - to bring her vision of beauty and joy to an obscure
mountain top.

Just planting one bulb at a time, year after year, this unknown
woman had forever changed the world in which she lived. She had
created something of ineffable magnificence, beauty, and

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
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 direct way.
"Start tomorrow," she said.

~ author Jaroldeen Asplund Edwards ~

Best Regards,

Britt Malka

#daffodil #principle
  • Profile picture of the author Optimus Lime
    More Than Meets The Eye.
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  • Profile picture of the author Gary Pettit
    "...years before, had begun - one bulb at a time - to bring her vision..."
    The Law of the Farm.
    And it all started with Integrity: Who She Was. The little "bite of the elephant" she could do every day.
    And I bet she never pulled up the flowers to check the roots.
    Awesome. Thank you for sharing!
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  • Profile picture of the author paulie888
    This is a really awesome story, Ken. It just goes to show what can be accomplished with focused and consistent work every day that never wavers from your ultimate goal. This is why it's so important to have your goal and vision in front of you as often as possible, as you always want to ensure that everything you do in your business (or endeavors) is driving you towards what you want!
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  • Profile picture of the author marketinggremlin
    Awesome story...its not so much that those that accomplish great things are extraordinary people, its that normal people make extraordinary efforts to succeed!!


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  • Profile picture of the author abhayam
    Celebrating even smallest of achievements is most people forget to relish and savor the moment of glory. When we slow down our lives, we can start to enjoy every moment. Each moment is a gift to do something and a chance to change our world. One bulb at a time, indeed, is the mantra for long-term success.

    Unfortunately, most of us lack patience and want to build a beautiful garden in a day. However, we totally miss the pleasure and joys we can derive when have painstakingly built our garden bulb by bulb. Nothing beats that happiness!
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  • Profile picture of the author Gary Pettit
    Exactly, abhayam! Because instead of having a day of happiness with a beautiful garden completed, you have happiness day after day in the creation of that garden.
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  • Profile picture of the author The Vizier
    That was a moving and brilliant story Ken!

    I loved the way it shows us the big picture through the vision as well as the small details that go into bringing that vision to life. Somehow people either focus excessively on the vision or the details without finding the proper balance. This story has the perfect balance of how things should be.
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