Your Daffodil time is Now!

by on April 4, 2008

When I originally published this piece, I had no idea who wrote it.
Upon revisiting it today, I finally found a YouTube video that  accredits
Jeroldeen Asplund Edwards as the author.

She has my thanks.

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 inch!’

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

‘Well, you won’t get m e back on the road until it clears, and then I’m heading for home!’ I assured her.
“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-ke pt A-frame house, small and modestly sitting 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 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 lived.

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 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.

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 clea n 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 watching.

 

Don’t be afraid that your life will end, dahlings,

be afraid that it will never begin.

Wishing you a beautiful, daffodil day, scrumptious ones!


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{ 15 comments… read them below or add one }

Marilyn Fisher September 19, 2011 at 12:04 pm

I love it, My Goddess! I am building one person at a time, paying off one bill at a time. Deleting one un-needed application at a time. So my housecleaning and quality building all gets done. {Hugs} ~~Magical_Marilyn~~

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Lidia September 19, 2011 at 12:38 pm

What a beautiful and inspiring post!! Thank you for shining the light and reminding us on the most important things :))
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Holly September 19, 2011 at 1:33 pm

So true!!! If we dont’ start now, when? SO When would now be a grreat time to begin, whatever we have within!! I am starting to plant my daffodils! Such a wonderful post Goddess!! Thanks, and such great timing!
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Marla @ Your Full Plate September 19, 2011 at 4:03 pm

She has my thanks, too! Thank you so much for posting this today, Jacqui, when I’m all angsty about not being able to plan 10,000 bulbs at once. It brought me back down to earth.

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Jo September 19, 2011 at 4:08 pm

Oh I love this even more than “Stop and smell the roses” – thanks for the reminder to begin what you dream of now.

Your daughter is a very wise woman!
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Stephanie Rainbow Bell September 19, 2011 at 4:43 pm

Thank you for reminding me of this lovely story Jacqui! I only wish there were pictures since I love flowers so much!

And it remembered of my time living on the outskirts of London! The daffodils appearing were the 1st signs of life after a very dark winter — and always made everyone smile — whether it was just a stray plant or two or the abundant beds in church and park gardens!

A very happy memory and heartwarming story!

Thank you!

Rainbow Blessings from your Goddess Sister! 🙂

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Marie-Suzy St-Louis September 19, 2011 at 6:45 pm

Goddess thank you for this post, I don’t know why but today friends are sending me message that I know I really needed to here and I am so grateful to have angels like you in my life. It is a great reminder, one step at a time…..

Again thank you and I have recieved this at a perfect time!
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Allurynn September 19, 2011 at 8:04 pm

Love this Jaqui! How inspirational and how beautiful 😉
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Ellie Di September 22, 2011 at 7:12 am

Yeeeesssss. We have such strong tendencies to put things off until things are “just right” when they’ll never be. So we wind up with nothing to show for all our big dreams, which is a shame. One of my favourite quotes is “One step and then the next gets you where you’re going” – one bulb at a time.
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Tracie October 4, 2011 at 9:22 am

Thank you Goddess for that! It was a beautiufl and touching story!

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Monique October 3, 2012 at 5:42 pm

This is beautiful Goddess Jacqui! Thanks for sharing!
A great reminder to take action everyday no matter how little, to reach your goal.

Monique 🙂 X

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Nathalie Villeneuve October 3, 2012 at 9:21 pm

I loved this, I could visualize the daffodils cascading in my mind as i was reading this beautiful story.
The part that resonates with me so much is “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”

Thank you for sharing! …loved it!
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Melissa McCloud October 4, 2012 at 2:49 pm

oh dear goddess this is a beautiful post! timing is everything… and it may never seem like the best time, but when is NOW the best time to get started? what a neat ananlogy to our blogigng and networking and MLM ventures… just a little bit at a time CONSISTENTLY. how precious.

and lastly, i guess that i hadn’t remembered that you were in laguna! i’m an OC girl myself!
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Tammy Wildes January 16, 2014 at 1:52 pm

That brought me to tears. Loved it!

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Cassie January 18, 2014 at 1:21 am

Oh Jacqui! You’re fabulous. This is just what I needed in this moment.
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