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The Daffodil Principle

Monday, April 04, 2011

The Daffodil Principle

The Daffodil Principle Clearly Shows In A Profoundly Inspirational Way, That It's Through Small, Focused and Consistent Steps That Can and Do Impact The World In A Big...Big Way

One day at a time and one small and seemingly insignificant step at a time
yields the most incredible harvest when it's done intentionally and consistently.
Keep on keepin on. It's more powerful than you may realize.

The Daffodil Principle


~Jaroldeen Asplund Edwards~

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 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."
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." 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.
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, and 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-kept 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 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 offUntil you get a new car or homeUntil your kids leave the houseUntil you go back to schoolUntil you finish schoolUntil you clean the houseUntil you organize the garageUntil you clean off your deskUntil you lose 10 lbs.Until you gain 10 lbs.Until you get marriedUntil you get a divorceUntil you have kidsUntil the kids go to schoolUntil you retireUntil summerUntil springUntil winterUntil fallUntil 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.
If you want to brighten someone's day, pass this on to someone special.I just did!
Wishing you a beautiful, daffodil day!
Don't be afraid that your life will end, be afraid that it will never begin.

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QUESTFORLULU 7/13/2011 6:22PM

    Oh wow! This is wonderful. LuLu emoticon

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NSPLADY 4/5/2011 1:58PM

    Amazing!!!! I need to read this everyday.... Thanks Lita for posting it!


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SUSANMOMOF6 4/5/2011 1:19AM

    Wonderful, magical! How many times do we not do a thing that seems too small to be important. Thank you for this wonderful story. I cant't wait to share it with my children!

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PEARL-LADY 4/4/2011 4:00PM

    have read this story before and find it inspiring...reminds us all what we can do if we set our minds to it!

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DREAMS2LIFE 4/4/2011 11:37AM

    I heard the story before, but never related it to one's weight loss journey. Thanks for the reminder. Have a beautiful day! emoticon

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VALERIEMAHA 4/4/2011 11:35AM

    Start now. Again. Once more. Like it's the first time.

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GIANTPANDA 4/4/2011 11:34AM

    Thank you for an absolutely beautiful story.

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SUSANSERENE 4/4/2011 11:25AM

    Absolutely beautiful, and thank you so much for sharing! Very timely, as well, with daffodils blooming, spring springing and a new opportunity TODAY to begin.

Bless your heart. Thank you!

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WILLOW49 4/4/2011 10:15AM

    Wonderful! emoticon

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KARENE10 4/4/2011 8:47AM

    I love this story. Thanks so much for sharing:) emoticon

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TRYINGHARD1948 4/4/2011 5:10AM

    What a wonderful way to show how each small step adds up a to a great achievement. Thank you.

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KELPIE57 4/4/2011 3:04AM

    I have read this before, however it did me a lot of good to be reminded of it. I thank you. emoticon

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HOPESINGH 4/4/2011 2:04AM

    Thanks for another inspirational story. I'll try to remind myself that about my career - it's really hard for me to take another baby step if the last one wasn't very successful...
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24 Things to Always Remember. . . And One Thing to Never Forget

Sunday, March 27, 2011

24 Things to Always Remember. . .
And One Thing to Never Forget

Your presence is a present to the world.
You're unique and one of a kind.
Your life can be what you want it to be.
Take the days just one at a time.

Count your blessings, not your troubles.
You'll make it through whatever comes along.
Within you are so many answers.
Understand, have courage, be strong.

Don't put limits on yourself.
So many dreams are waiting to be realized.
Decisions are too important to leave to chance.
Reach for your peak, your goal, and your prize.

Nothing wastes more energy than worrying.
The longer one carries a problem, the heavier it gets.
Don't take things too seriously.
Live a life of serenity, not a life of regrets.

Remember that a little love goes a long way.
Remember that a lot . . . goes forever.
Remember that friendship is a wise investment.
Life's treasures are people . . . together.

Realize that it's never too late.
Do ordinary things in an extraordinary way.
Have health and hope and happiness.
Take the time to wish upon a star.

And don't ever forget . . .
For even a day . . .
How very special you are.....

~~Author unknown

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MOMFAN 4/1/2011 1:54AM

    You are so special to so many people! We are champions!

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BECKY1960 3/31/2011 11:39PM

    Thank you, I needed that

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NIGHTSKYSTAR 3/29/2011 6:19AM

    thank you Lita..you are special too!! HUGS!!

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TRYINGHARD1948 3/28/2011 5:54PM

    So true!

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TEXASGIRL48 3/28/2011 8:17AM

    You always post things just when I need them. You are amazing.
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    Thanks for sharing!! emoticon

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_CYNDY55_ 3/28/2011 12:34AM

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Great *** 24 *** !

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CATIATM 3/28/2011 12:06AM

    These are important things to remember, for sure!

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MOMFAN 3/27/2011 11:16PM

    I am sharing this with a friend. Thanks for posting the perfect poem for me to share with her. I am blessed!

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WILLOW49 3/27/2011 10:45PM

    You always post the best things! Thanks :)

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SAM60SUMTHINK 3/27/2011 10:17PM


I especially like: "Do ordinary things in an extraordinary way." !!

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To My Cherished Friend

Sunday, March 20, 2011

A friend is like a flower ... A rose to be exact,
Or maybe like a brand new gate that never comes unlatched.
A friend is like an owl, both beautiful and wise.
Or perhaps a friend is like a ghost, whose spirit never dies.
A friend is like those blades of grass you can never mow,
Standing straight, tall, and proud in a perfect little row.
A friend is like a heart that goes strong until the end.
Where would we be in this world if we didn't have a friend?
1990-2010 Adrianne Goff (All rights reserved)

It's not wise to count your friends... on a bright sunny day,
when the sky is blue and smiles come so easily.
Instead wait for a storm, when the clouds are dark and the
day grows cold, and laughter is not heard in your heavy heart.
Then when a friend comes and stands beside you and lifts
your spirits to the sky and laughter is in your heart,
he or she deserves the name ... FRIEND.
Thank you, my Friend, for braving the storms with me
and for making the sunny days so much brighter.
From: www.Funtown.com

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PEARL-LADY 4/9/2011 1:54PM

    Lovely...shared this with a couple of friends who are finding it tough right now hope you don't mind!

nothing like true and good friends to share things in life!


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GERISE 3/28/2011 12:18PM

    love it....

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SAM60SUMTHINK 3/27/2011 9:00PM

You always find the nicest, most uplifting and informative ! thoughts to share.
Thank you!

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    Love it! emoticon emoticon You always are uplifting...

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NIGHTSKYSTAR 3/22/2011 7:20PM

    YOU are a cherished friend Lita!!!

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I love this LITA! You are awesome and a great friend.

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HOPESINGH 3/21/2011 6:55PM

    As sweet and smart as ever. Have a great beginning-of-spring emoticon

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WILLOW49 3/21/2011 7:55AM

    Thanks; great post!

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TEXASGIRL48 3/21/2011 7:47AM

    Once again you have found just the right thing to begin the week with.

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    What a wonderful post to read on a Monday morning. Thanks Lita for being such a wonderful friend. emoticon emoticon


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Sunday, March 13, 2011



There are treasures in life, but owners are few
Of money and power to buy things brand new.
Yet you can be wealthy and feel regal too,
If you will just look for the treasures in you.
These treasures in life are not hard to find
When you look in your heart, your soul, and your mind.
For when you are willing to share what's within,
Your fervent search for riches will magically end.
The joy and the laughter, the smile that you bring;
The heart unafraid to love and to sing;
The hand always willing to help those in need;
Ones quick to reach out, to labor and fee.
So thank you for sharing these great gifts inside;
The caring, the cheering, the hug when one cried.
Thanks for the energy, encouragement too,
And thank you for sharing the treasures in you.

~Author Unknown~

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    emoticon Thanks, Lita! This is lovely.

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CHANGE4FIT 3/14/2011 1:52PM

    Thanks for this beautiful sentiment.

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HOPESINGH 3/14/2011 11:30AM

    So true. I think we often forget the spiritual/emotional/mental treasures in this consumerist era, and it's a pity. So thanks for reminding. emoticon emoticon

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JOANIEBUG46 3/14/2011 11:00AM

    How true!! Thanks for sharing! emoticon

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NIGHTSKYSTAR 3/14/2011 8:52AM

    YOU are a treasure to me, my dear friend!!

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GERISE 3/14/2011 7:29AM

    Love it...... emoticon

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    Loved It!!! Enjoy a Great Week emoticon

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WILLOW49 3/14/2011 1:47AM

    What a lovely poem :) Thanks for sharing with us!

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HOWLERMOM 3/14/2011 1:04AM

    Wonderful poem - thanks so much!

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GOSPELCLOWN 3/13/2011 11:07PM

    We are wonderfully made. Share the good in you!

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OUTDOORGIRL69 3/13/2011 11:02PM

    Thank you so very much. That was beautiful. Thanks for sharing

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    How beautiful.

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Life's Lessons 101

Sunday, March 06, 2011

Life's Lessons 101

There once was a bunch of tiny frogs ...
who arranged a running competition.
The goal was to reach the top of a VERY high tower.
A big crowd had gathered around the tower to see the race
and to cheer on the contestants ...
The race began ... Honestly ...
no one in the crowd really believed that the tiny frogs
would reach the top of the tower.
You heard statements such as:
"Oh, WAY too difficult!!"
"They will NEVER make it to the top."
"Not a chance that they will succeed. The tower is too high!"
The tiny frogs began collapsing. One by one ...
except for those who, in a fresh tempo,
were climbing higher and higher.
The crowd, however, continued to yell,
"It is too difficult!!! No one will make it!"
More tiny frogs got tired and gave up ...
But ONE of them continued higher and higher and higher ...
This one wouldn't give up!
At the end, everyone else had given up climbing the tower,
except for the one tiny frog who, after a big effort,
was the only one who reached the top!
THEN all of the other tiny frogs, naturally,
wanted to know how this ONE frog managed to do it??
A contestant asked another tiny frog
how the one who succeeded had found
the strength to reach the goal?
It turned out
that the winner was DEAF!!!!
...The Wisdom of This Story Is...

Never listen to other people's tendencies
to be negative or pessimistic
because they can take your most wonderful dreams and wishes
away from you ... the ones you have in your heart!
Always think of the power that words have,
because everything you hear and read will affect your actions!
Be DEAF when people tell YOU that
YOU can not fulfill YOUR dreams!
And always keep thinking: I CAN DO THIS!
~Author Unknown

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GOSPELCLOWN 3/13/2011 11:22AM

    LITA, you ROCK!
Let's get to the top of that high tower together, my friend!

Hop to it.....


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SHARON10002 3/8/2011 10:40AM

    Great story, and I agree with HOPESINGH. Usually our own negative chatter is the most damaging because it is always with us and pops up at the slightest provocation. . .

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CEKER9 3/7/2011 11:24PM

    Thanx for sharing the *perfect* story.


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NIGHTSKYSTAR 3/7/2011 9:03AM

    Lita, you amaze me with your ability to always find just the right post!! thank you!! Hugs and blessings to you!!

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TRYINGHARD1948 3/7/2011 1:00AM

    This is not only a lesson for listeners but also to those who speak without realizing the power of negative talk. We should all aspire to be the best we can be and also to support those who are also aspiring to be the best they can be. Thanks Lita for sharing, once again - a very thought provoking story.

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NSPLADY 3/6/2011 10:34PM

    Thanks Lita. You always seem to know how to post the most perfect things to keep me going.

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OUTDOORGIRL69 3/6/2011 6:32PM

    Thank you That was a great Blog.

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    Great blog, good lesson! emoticon

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HOPESINGH 3/6/2011 2:18PM

    Very cute story. In some cases, you should also be deaf to your own voices telling you that you can't do it...

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WILLOW49 3/6/2011 1:56PM

    Great blog! Thanks for sharing with us!

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