The Daffodil Principle
The Daffodil Principle
Today, I am bringing you a story which brings encouragement that we can all make a difference, baby step by step, whatever stage we are now in our lives and our businesses…
and that we must reflect and look back at intervals to see how far we have travelled…
It ย may seem strange to see a daffodil at this time of year!
but by the end I'm sure you will see how the meaning of the story becomes clear ๐Ÿ™‚
so here we go…

The Daffodil Principle

by Jaroldeen Asplund Edwards
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, 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?”

“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 said, “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-coloured 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 wasย “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 forty years before, had begun ~ one bulb at a time ~ to bring her vision of beauty and joy to an obscure mountain top.
Still, just planting one bulb at a time, year after year, had changed the world. This unknown woman had forever changed the world in which she lived.

She had created something of ineffable (indescribable) 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.



As you were reading this, you were probably thinking of parallels with your own life

Did you see your big vision, and then see how it is a step by step process?

Did you realise that looking back each year, the daffodil lady would have seen her gift to the world growing. I bet that gave her huge encouragement to carry on, knowing that even more pleasure was being created as people viewed her gift.

Did you remember that the daffodil lady had her problems too… tools breaking, her back aching, blistering sunshine, deep snow, obviously fog! and some failures… perhaps one of those majestic swirls of flowers didn't make it one year?


The Daffodil PrincipleStart Tomorrow

View your business as a mountain of filled with happy customers, and take the step by step route to achieve this.
Don't get into overwhelm… think of the daffodils. your vision will grow piece by piece.

You may not ‘see' it all the time….


BUT… ย Have Faith… Every Year The Daffodils Flower!!


and whatever you are Creating, do it with love, and for the benefit of others ย ๐Ÿ™‚


I'd love to hear your thoughts below…



Jacs Henderson


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    31 replies to "The Daffodil Principle…"

    • Kyle Holcomb

      I really got into this because the principle intrigued me once I started reading it. I was trying to figure out where you were going to take it until I read the part about planting the bulbs one-by-one over several years. At this point it became very clear and clicked. This is a concept that everyone in this business should know and follow because your consistent effort now will payoff big in the future. Thank you for sharing this and it was a great story ๐Ÿ™‚

      • Jacs Henderson

        Thanks Kyle for sharing your thoughts here… I like that the concepts in this story resonate where they mean something to each person, and happy it gave you some clarity… I always feel calmer and balanced after reading this, so had to share it!
        warm wishes,
        Jacs ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Sue Bride

      What a heartwarming and encouraging story,Jacs I totally agree that it’s never too late to start and there’s no greater joy than being able to lighten the load of others.

      Our lives change over time so, although we might have missed out on achieving certain goals, because other things were more important to us before, you can still aim for them when the time is right.

      My own passions are bloggin, web building, social media and online marketing. I couldn’t have aimed to be successful at these when young because none of it existed. My online journey only started when I was in my 40’s.

      Times have changed and it’s no longer as common to stay in the same jobs or even profession forever. The web has given us all opportunities for entrepreneurship that didn’t exist before. We have access to training in everything imaginable, mostly for free. We have huge resources for promotion and to easily connect to people worldwide Add this to economic and job uncertainty changing our focus is often vital.

      Step by step is the way to achieve online success with passion and persistence. We need to plant one bulb at a time and take advantage of new and improved varieties.
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      • Jacs Henderson

        Wonderful comment Sue, it is absolutely true that our goals and lives change over the years… I too was late to the game in my life. I was 40 before I had a computer!!! And it was not used for business for many years after that.

        I love how we can bring our skills and knowledge now, to our online businesses and are able to be our passions in a new medium, and that I can now be that teacher/trainer with my internet business too.

        As you say, we have resources at our fingertips, so can Learn to our heart’s desire and not have to rely on formal college courses, and we can use all this knowledge to enhance ourselves and promote our brand worldwide. I Love this new way of life and business.

        We can get caught up in the all too much too soon and overwhelm, and I love to read this story from time to time, to bring a spot of the perspective of nature and calm.

        Thank you so much for all the nuggets and valuable moments from your life you shared here ๐Ÿ™‚


    • Bruno Buergi

      Great story Jacs. It’s so true that when you do one step after the other you achieve great things over time. Constant action is the key to success in any area.
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      • Jacs Henderson

        Thanks Bruno, yes – as you say, great things do take time and consistency… good points from the story ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Erika Mohssen-Beyk

      Hi Jacs,
      I knew this story and it is very beautiful,
      there are other similar stories and all say
      start step by step and it will build up
      to something amazing .Begin now ,it may not
      look much at the begin ,but we need to
      take action to make it happen .
      Thanks for this nice reminder.
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      • Jacs Henderson

        Thank you Erika… you are right, that is the way!

        Sometimes a story helps to put things into perspective for some people, and each person may find a different message in there. You must share another one some time ๐Ÿ™‚


    • Dr. Erica Goodstone


      Networking Superstars and Power Blogging and Affiliate Club and any group of people working together to share each others’ work DOES WORK. Because my friend Sue Bride shared your post on Facebook, I clicked the link and read this really touching and powerful story.

      Today I started a 4 day Supreme Qi Gong course. The creator and instructor, Jeff Primack, started these huge seminar/workshop events in 2005. He studied with masters and started teaching. At the same time he wrote books about the method, created videos for his students to follow, and books about how to conquer diseases. Recently he created a new book with Qi Recipes. He just keeps moving forward, training 100 new instructors each year. His trainings are being taught in hospitals, prisons and addiction centers. He is working to bring his healing smoothies into hospitals. One person with a strong belief in the healing method he has studied, pursuing his goal relentlessly, with lots of reluctance and resistance from the medical community over the years.

      My goal is to help men and women learn what it takes to truly love, not the kind of expecting demanding love that most of us have known but the kind of love that a caring therapist provides, a kind of unconditional high regard and a listening heart.

      Dr. Erica
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      • Jacs Henderson

        Thank you so much for clicking the link Dr Erika… it is a great thing to share each others work through PAC and NS. I appreciate you taking the time out to read my story.

        And thank you for sharing the story of Jeff Primack – It is fascinating to look at someone so awesome, with such huge achievements and still work to do and a vision to complete which he shares and everyone is supporting him. How fantastic to be on the Supreme Qi Gong Course, I really hope you absorb and learn some amazing things.

        Your vision is strong and you are planting daffodils every day in your business, which are blooming with love and it makes my heart sing. You are such a wise and caring lady and I have the hugest respect for you, and regard for your work.

        It’s a pleasure to know you ๐Ÿ™‚


    • Willena Flewelling

      I’m in the unusual but wonderful position of being 61 years of age, with a 15-year-old son still at home and two sons in their early 20s who come home every weekend. I’ve raised 6 children to adulthood, but I have no grandchildren yet. Most couples our age are long past the stage of homeschooling and raising teenagers. While I have one foot in that world, my other is on the threshold of the so-called retirement years.

      I often feel as if my life has little to show for all those decades of adulthood now behind me. But then I look around me at my wonderful family, each one such a blessing and joy to have in my life, and I know they are the “daffodil garden” I was planting all those years.

      Those days are almost over, and what I see ahead is FAR from retirement. I have begun to plant a new daffodil garden… stories written for the encouragement and edification of my readers. And it looks beautiful from here!

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      • Jacs Henderson

        That is a beautiful story Willena, it is a blessing to have nurtured a family who have such a bond – certainly another ‘daffodil’ story

        Joy is wonderful, and it is so encouraging to be working on another garden, which I hope to be reading for a long time to come.

        Thank you for sharing your lovely family and your dreams with us today ๐Ÿ™‚


    • Monna Ellithorpe

      Hey Jacs,
      I have to admit that a few tears welled up in my eyes reading this. I’ve been thinking over the last few weeks how much time and adventures that I have let pass me by and how I am going to start changing that.

      The vision of the daffodils was beautiful and how sad it was that the mother almost did not get to see what the daughter wanted to share with her.

      Life is what we make of it; one step at a time and thank you again for the beautiful reminder of my dreams that I want to achieve.
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      • Jacs Henderson

        I know how you feel Monna, and there are always different messages that jump out of that story…. and you just found another

        You said “… how sad the mother almost did not get to see what the daughter wanted to share with her”

        well isn’t that saying to us, that if we care, we must be persistent with our messages to those we love if we know the benefit something will bring them… even the beauty of the daffodils

        I would like to give you a huge hug right now… life moves fast and I love that you have some adventures still up your sleeve… so get to it!! I’ll be with you all the way

        Remember to celebrate where you are, how far you have come, all that you have achieved and the people you have supported and taught. You are a very loved lady Monna

        So happy dreams… ๐Ÿ™‚


    • Merle

      What a lovely encouraging story. And just goes to show that you should take one day at a time and build your business slowly to achieve a better result. Thanks for sharing Jacs.
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      • Jacs Henderson

        Yes, as they say, Rome wasn’t built in a day. A big Vision has to be broken down into bite sized pieces, but we know that ๐Ÿ˜‰

    • Emi

      Such a lovely story ๐Ÿ™‚
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    • Maria Tomas-Keegan

      lovely story, Jacs … thanx for sharing. It started with one bulb … and then it became a river of bulbs … and then the river changed in color, ebbing and flowing in the wind and the fog. It takes a vision, determination and persistence … and moving forward one baby step at a time … and behold. Look back just to see how far you’ve come!
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      • Jacs Henderson

        Absolutely Maria!
        Every project we embark upon should be treated as you say… and celebrated when we look back ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Theresa Wilkins

      Being in my 50’s I always wish for more time and am always thinking “I wish I had known that when I was younger.” But yes, we can start and finish all kinds of things TODAY! If nothing else we can simply encourage others and share our experience and knowledge with them to make their young years better. Great post Jacs!
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      • Jacs Henderson

        I’m in the fifties too Theresa, and now realise every day is precious. I have many things yet to achieve, give and see in my life and we must enjoy working on whatever we choose… and keep those visions in mind so we make the most of things.
        As you say, encouraging and giving to others is a beautiful way to share our experience and knowledge… that’s planting bulbs with abundance ๐Ÿ™‚
        Great comment, thanks

    • Linda

      Hi there, what an amazing story!! But it does remind me of a question I was asked by my son this week. And it kind a doesn’t fit, but gives another perspective… I have been doing all kind of things throughout my career. And I loved every bit of it. But my son asked, “Mom, if you would have sticked to just one thing, would you not now have more success at it?”. I thought about that, and yes maybe I would have. I would now maybe be a hotshot sales person in some big multi-national. But I would have missed all my growth and expansion as a person. I did create my own daffodil garden, but sometimes I am the only one who sees it.

      Does that make any sense at all?

      Blessings and thank you for a wonderful post!!!


      • Jacs Henderson

        Wonderful Linda! Did your son read the story? I love his thinking, what a lovely enquiring mind – I bet he keeps you on your toes!

        I see the daffodil principle really as a vision of our life… and this may involve many things… career – family – business – social – spiritual.

        So, for many of us it is not just one daffodil garden… but the overall view of our life, and each step is important for sharing our knowledge, love to create that feeling in us that we would have looking at the daffodil field.

        How awesome for others to look at our life… and see that daffodil garden ๐Ÿ™‚

        I indeed am travelling several paths, and I think the elements of the story such as the dedication, consistency, love, and step by step principle come into every job, event or period, in fact everything we do!

        Indeed following one path is not for us all but I think the story just illustrates how being fulfilled with whatever you do with the mission in mind will bring beautiful rewards

        What is special, is how everybody gets something from the story… even if it’s just a smile!!

        Thank you both for sharing your thoughts here Linda ๐Ÿ™‚


    • Sue Kearney

      Lovely, inspiring, heartwarming. Thanks so much for sharing this with me!

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      • Jacs Henderson

        Such a pleasure Sue … can’t beat a lovely story to warm the heart and inspire ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Chery Schmidt

      Hello Jacs, What a great story, I am so happy that your daughter got you in the car to see these daffodil’s. I do understand, my sons live 100 miles from me and by the time i get to their homes I am always ready to just settle in and play with my grandsons, not venture back out anywheres.

      This story of yours does have alot of meaning to it though. One must take life one day ata time..Thanks so much for sharing.. Chery :))
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      • Jacs Henderson

        Thanks for your lovely comment Chery… it was not me actually in the story, but I felt like it could have been.. it just shows what we can miss out on when not cajouled!!
        Bet your grandson’s look forward to your visits ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Barrie Evans

      What a great story Jacs. Epitimizes the need to take everything step by step and get to one’s goal. Every step is a step closer to that beautiful vision of Daffodils or whatever you are seeing.
      Thanks for sharing this.
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      • Jacs Henderson

        Hi Barrie,

        I loved it too… often we want to jump and skip our way forward, but we still have to hit every step to create that solid vision. Sometimes a story just nails the point!

        ~ Jacs ๐Ÿ˜€

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