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Daffodil Principle

The Daffodil Principle - in essence - is not to rush through life, dream about a better future, establish a vision and then patiently realize that vision …step by step …day by day …year in and year out …and someday we will achieve our goal and make a real difference. The daffodil principle lies at the very core of the ripple effect, that act as an antidote for the domino effect.

The term “Daffodil-principle” was adopted, because of the following sketch, which highlights and describes the symbiotic synchronicity between dreams, visions, actions, the power of now, seize the moment and the well known principle of sowing and reaping

Several times my daughter (Carolyn) 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 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 weather all the time, Mother”.

Well, you won't get me 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”.

A great vat of gold poured over the mountain.

After about a twenty minute drive, 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”. We 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.

A flower river of colour.

It looked as though someone had taken a great vat of gold and poured it over the mountain 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 and saffron and butter yellow. Each different coloured 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 it and we walked up to the house.

On the patio, we saw a poster, with the headline:Answers to the Questions I Know You Are Asking”…

  • 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, almost fifty 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 us is one of the greatest principles of celebration and co-creation.

That is, learning to move toward our dreams, goals and desires… one step at a time, often just one baby step at a time. Learning to love the doing, apply learning as the basis of understanding and to use the accumulation of time to obtain objectives and achieve goals. When we multiply tiny pieces of time with small increments of daily effort, we too will find that 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. “Well, then… start NOW” 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 only to ask… “How can I put this to good use today?


Stop waiting, until…..
the exams are finished, in matric, acquiring a certificate diploma or degree, your car or home is paid off, you get a new car or home, your kids leave the house, you go back to school, you finish school, you clean the house, you organize the garage, you clean off your desk, you lose 10 kg's., you gain 10 kg's., you get married, you get a divorce, you have kids, the kids go to school, you retire, next summer, spring, winter, fall, you die, …etc. …etc.

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 the money. Love like you've never been hurt and dance like no one's watching.

Don't be afraid that your life will end, be afraid that it will never begin.

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