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chiefs_lady
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As glurges go, this one isn't bad.

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 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?"

"Oh...just a few blocks," Carolyn said. "But 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 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 elements 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 clean 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. If you want to brighten someone's day, pass this on to someone special.

I just did!

Wishing you a beautiful, daffodil day!

Always remember, the cruel things you say to someone can last a lifetime!

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Ink Rose
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That's glurge, and yet not. Sure it's sappy but the overall message is good and there's no messages at the end saying things like "Believe in Jesus or die heathen " and "Pass this to 150 peole you know or have a million years bad luck on your firstborn children." Tis most odd, as despite the fact that it's sweeter then sugar coated honey it's not very easy to mock.

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"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!"


It made the woman's neighbor glad she bought that tractor with the handy roto-tilling blade and bulb planting hopper. Now the neighbor has 100,000 tulips planted and it only took 2 weeks. Just think what you can accomplish if you actually use technology.

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quote:
Originally posted by Ink Rose:
That's glurge, and yet not. Sure it's sappy but the overall message is good and there's no messages at the end saying things like "Believe in Jesus or die heathen " and "Pass this to 150 peole you know or have a million years bad luck on your firstborn children." Tis most odd, as despite the fact that it's sweeter then sugar coated honey it's not very easy to mock.

You can always mock the Glurge, if you take it step by step and remember that the Grinch lives in your heart. Now forward this post to 300 people or Little Sally Who finds out that there ain't no Santee outside the Carolinas

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Is this a Frankenglurge in the making?
I remember the end part from a few years back...
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TrishDaDish
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quote:
"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!"
Yet they can clearly see the daffodils. *sigh*

Maybe I'm evil, but I was expecting a car accident in this story, what with the thick fog making roads invisible.

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jessboo
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She doesn't know where the garage is, yet she know they're going to wrong way to it.

"The road is invisible in these clouds and fog"
does Carolyn live on a mountain, or are they *very* low clouds?

Apparently, though, it's a real place that you can go an look at. Before all the flowers burned down, that is. Quite sad- http://www.holisticpractitionersnetwork.com/Articles/daffodil_principle.htm

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Bonnie
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And here's an earlier thread, freshly picked from the archives,

http://msgboard.snopes.com/message/ultimatebb.php?/ubb/get_topic/f/82/t/000751.html

Bonnie "'One bulb at a time' -- tell that to Gunther Burpus" Taylor

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Rhiandmoi
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I know we've talked about this before, but I guess the old thread was purged.

This is a copyright infringing glurge though, because it is an essay by a woman named Jeroldeen Edwards and it was published in her book Celebration! (I believe it was a book of inspirations for Mormons) and as a gift book called The Daffodil Principle

eta: D'oh. Gotta learn to check the archives.

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