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The Daffodil Principle

Several times my daughter had telephoned to say, “Mother, you must come and see the daffodils before they are over.”

“I will come next Tuesday,” I promised on her third call. Tuesday dawned cold and rainy. Still, I had promised, so I took the 2-hour trip down Route 91 on to I-215, finally turning on Route 18 to begin the drive up the mountain.

The tops of the mountains were sheathed in clouds. I had driven only a few miles when the road was completely covered with a wet blanket of fog. As I executed the winding, hazardous mountain turns at a snail’s pace, I was praying to reach her turnoff at Blue Jay, which would signify I had arrived.

When I finally walked into Carolyn’s house, I said, “Forget the daffodils! The road is invisible in the fog and there is nothing in the world I want to see bad enough to drive another inch!”

My daughter smiled calmly, “We drive in this all the time…I was hoping you’d take me to go pick up my car. The mechanic called and they’ve finished repairing it,” she answered.

“How far will we have to drive?” I asked cautiously.

“Just a few blocks,” Carolyn said cheerfully. So we went out to my car. “I’ll drive,” she added. “I’m used to this.” We got into the car, and she began driving.

In minutes, I became aware we were heading back over the mountain. “Where are we going?” I exclaimed, distressed to be back on the mountain road in the fog.

“We’re going the long way,” Carolyn smiled, “by way of the daffodils.”

…And so my sweet daughter, who had never given me a minute of difficulty in her whole life, was kidnapping me! I muttered the whole way.

After about 20 minutes, we turned onto a gravel road that branched down into an oak-filled hollow on the side of the mountain. The fog lifted a little, but the sky was heavy with clouds. We parked in a small lot adjoining a little stone church.

On the far side of the church, I saw a path with an inconspicuous lettered sign, “Daffodil Garden.” I followed Carolyn down the path as it wound through the trees. Then we turned a corner of the path and I gasped.

Before me lay the most amazing field of daffodils… a bevy of western bluebirds the color of sapphires with breasts of magenta red, flitted and darted, flashing their brilliance. Their colors like jewels above the glowing daffodils. The effect was spectacular.

It didn’t matter the sun wasn’t shining. The brilliance of the daffodils was like the glow of the brightest sunlit day. Words cannot describe the incredible beauty of that flower-bedecked mountain top.

The flowers were planted in majestic, swirling patterns of deep orange, white, lemon yellow, salmon pink, saffron, and butter yellow. Such a glorious sight!

“But who’s done this?” I asked Carolyn. I was overflowing with gratitude she brought me–even against my will. “Who?” I asked again, almost speechless with wonder, “And how, and why, and when?”

“Just one woman,” Carolyn answered. “She lives on the property. That’s her home.” Carolyn pointed to an A-frame house that looked small and modest in the midst of all that glory.

We walked up to the house, my mind buzzing with questions. 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 was, “Began in 1958.”

There it was. The Daffodil Principle.

For me, that moment was a life-changing experience. I thought of this woman, who, more than 35 years before, had begun–one bulb at a time–to bring her vision of beauty and joy to an obscure mountain top.
There was no other way to do it. No shortcuts–simply loving the slow process of planting. Loving the work as it unfolded. Loving an achievement that grew so slowly and bloomed for only three weeks of each year.

Still, just planting one bulb at a time, year after year, had forever changed the world in which she lived. She had created something of ineffable magnificence, beauty, and inspiration. The principle her daffodil garden taught was one of the greatest principles of celebration:

Learning to move toward our goals and desires one step at a time–often just one baby-step at a time–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.

“Carolyn,” I said as we left the haven of daffodils, our minds and hearts still bathed and bemused by the splendors we had seen, “it’s as though that remarkable woman has needle-pointed the earth! Just think of it, she planted every single bulb for over 30 years…one bulb at a time!”

And that’s the only way this garden could be created. Every individual bulb had to be planted. There was no way of short-cutting that process. Five acres of blooms…all just one bulb at a time.”

I was suddenly overwhelmed with the implications of what I had seen. “It makes me sad in a way,” I admitted to Carolyn. “What I might have accomplished if I had thought of a wonderful goal 35 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 wise daughter summed up the message of the day. “Start tomorrow,” she said with the same knowing smile she had worn for most of the morning.

It is pointless to think of the lost hours of yesterdays. The way to make learning a lesson a celebration instead of a cause for regret is to only ask, “How can I put this to use tomorrow?”

 

Excerpt taken from The Daffodil Principal written by Jaroldeen Asplund Edwards

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“We delight in the beauty of the butterfly, but rarely admit the changes it has gone through to achieve that beauty.”

Maya Angelou

Evolve or Remain

You are being presented with a choice:

Evolve or remain.

 

If you choose to remain, unchanged, you will be presented with the same challenges, the same routines, the same storms and the same situations until you learn from them, until you love yourself enough to say, “No more”, until you choose to change.

 

If you choose to evolve, you will connect with the strength within you, you will explore what lies outside your comfort zone, you will awaken to love, you will have everything you need. You will become.

 

You will be.

Choose to Evolve… Choose love.

 
 

 – Creig Crippen

 
 
 

Thank you to Jess Maria for sharing this powerful quote. Jess is a graduate of the Self Mastery courses: Basic, Advanced and Source Point Leadership.
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Classy, Sassy and a Little Bad-Assy

 I introduce you to a new business I am starting with two friends…

Radiant. Inspiring. Unstoppable.

 

It’s a company designed and run by women that provides opportunities for women to empower themselves with new skills, income revenue and the knowledge and confidence to participate in the growing movement to change the equation for women in the world.

 

It’s time – don’t you think?

 

We are just starting Phase I, which is to gain a presence and following on social media. Sometime in April—June period we will provide self-enrichment/empowerment trainings and then we will produce beauty/health products women can market, creating their own businesses to advance their lifestyles, independence and earning potential. My partners are brilliant in the field of marketing and product development and I’m pretty good at the trainings, so it feels like a winning formula!!

 

Please check us out on Facebook:

www.facebook.com/Sassy-Lass-100360828098552/

We are posting some great quotes, short articles and anything that promotes women in the world. Please “Like” whatever you think is good and please pass it on to ALL your Facebook Friends. Right now we are building a base, so your support is GREATLY appreciated. The more the better right now and your comments and suggestions are welcome. Or maybe you have some good posts to support women??

Please join the movement and send them to me: marthaborst1@gmail.com and I’ll share them with everyone.

 

I’m really excited about this venture as I believe it’s going to make a significant contribution in the lives of countless numbers of women.

etc., etc. etc.

 

Let me be clear…

 

Sassy Lass is not here to blame men, society, or anyone for these numbers. We are absolutely intentional about empowering women to take 100% accountability for the success of their own personal and professional lives.

Please support us:

www.facebook.com/Sassy-Lass-100360828098552/

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I know the solstice has passed, but I love this message!

This year coming up needs to be one of deep reflection…

 

Who am I?

 

What moral values do I stand for?

 

And what kind of country and world am I here to create?

 

Thank you to Marcela Pecanac for sharing this message above with us.

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“I’m full!”

“I’m full” is what we will probably say as we push our plates away at the end of our Thanksgiving feasts. Fully satiated, we will stagger to the living room to have “just a little” dessert, watch a football game or just talk. There will be much to be thankful for.
 
But why wait for a holiday to give thanks? What if we could say, “I’m full” every day of our lives, if we could wake up in the morning and be full of gratitude, appreciation and excitement as we anticipate what the day will bring?
 
What if, for one moment, we could put aside the frantic striving to achieve and accomplish, the desperate need to compete, earn, prove, sell, buy, fix and change that propels us out of the bedroom to immediately look for our phones, full and endless lists that tell us what to do, where to go, who to meet?
What if we could simply pause and give thanks for what we already have? Every day. . . without one iota of concern for what we have to do?
 
What if we took just one minute at the start of every day to simply be content with what we already have? It won’t take but one minute, one simple, quiet minute to recognize how “full” we already are with all our blessings. Even with our personal struggles, fears and life challenges, we are among the most fortunate people on this earth.
 
So let’s not wait for a special holiday to give thanks, let’s make every day a time for humble gratitude. As we go through our days, let’s take a moment here, and a moment there, to simply appreciate — to say “Thank you” right out loud for what is already good in our lives. I think we’ll find it all boils down to very, very simple things.
 
If we sit very quietly and just for one minute, let go of the angers and hurts from the past, let go of the worries of the future, let go of not being enough or having enough or doing enough and simply savor each breath in the present moment with what we already have, we’ll open the space to feel “full”.
 
It’s the perfect time to thank the universe for the gift of life, the opportunity to begin again, the chance to choose every single moment what we will say, how we will think, who we will be, how we will act, what we will feel and what we will do.
 
What greater gift could we ever ask for – than this moment?

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“Life well lived, is long enough.”

 

I only have a minute

Sixty seconds in it

Forced upon me I did not choose it

But I know that I must use it

Give account if I abuse it

Only a tiny little minute

But eternity is in it . . .

 

Elijah Cummings’ first speech to the US Congress 1996

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“Sunrise . . . a time to begin again . . .”

 

A huge thank you to the unbelievably heroic firefighters and first responders who saved so many of us from the Kincade fire. Their tireless efforts have been nothing short of extraordinary. . . and I personally thank all of you – my friends, family, colleagues and clients, who so generously shared your well-wishes, offered your homes and help. Your kind thoughts and words of encouragement meant a lot during this very unsettling time.

 

Here are some of the statistics:

 

  • Over 78,000 acres burned so far
  • It won’t be 100% contained until ~ Nov. 7th
  • 5,000 fire fighters came from across the USA, Australia and New Zealand
  • Over 200,000 residents were evacuated (almost all of Sonoma County and part of Lake County)
  • More than 2.5 – 2.8 million residents and businesses were without power for 5 days to 1 week. Many have still not been restored power or gas.
  • Fire threatened 90,000 structures with 59 structures damaged and 372 destroyed, including 90 homes.
  • Winds reached 93 mph (close to a category 2 hurricane) in Healdsburg and were directing the fire straight toward my house.
  • With wind, fire travels at the rate of 100 yards per second.
  • Embers can travel over 1 mile away with the wind and quickly start a new fire.
  • Deaths = ZERO!!!

 

Sadly, as you can see, not all have been as fortunate as I and my heartfelt sadness and empathy flow to those who lost their homes and everything they owned for a lifetime. Lots of people have been out of work for over a week, but our incredibly, hard-working farm workers have been especially hard hit as most live paycheck to paycheck.

 

For those who returned to a home still intact, many still don’t have gas, hot water, heat and electricity and our temperatures at night have been below freezing. For them, it has been a true tragedy. They really need support.

 

We are a strong community here and life will go on. Today is a new day and we will recover together. As the saying goes, ”Sunrise…a time to begin again”, and we shall do so together. But you too, as a fellow human being, are a part of our community and this is the time when many need an extra hand…

your hand…to help them get a leg up.

 

If you are fortunate enough to be in the comfort of your own home right now, and if you feel moved to do something that will make a difference…here’s how:

 

We are a tourist community, so please don’t stay away!! Our hotels, stores, restaurants and wineries are all OPEN and ready to serve you the finest of everything!!

 

Through no fault of their own, Latin evacuees need groceries (food goes bad without refrigeration), baby diapers and formula – simple everyday stuff like toothpaste, etc.

Please donate to Corazon Healdsburg at: https://www.corazonhealdsburg.org

La Luz Center at https://www.laluzcenter.org

and UndocuFund at https://undocufund.org

 

Donate to the Sonoma County Resiliency Fund, established after the 2017 wildfires, donations go toward long-term disaster recovery efforts and mental health support. Donations can be made online at: https://cfs.fcsuite.com/erp/donate/create?setc=1&funit_id=1652

 

The Redwood Empire Food Bank is accepting monetary and food donations. For monetary donations, visit: https://refb.org/

For food donation information call 707-523-7900.

 

Assist those who lost their homes or businesses by donating to the United Way of the Wine Country’s Kincade Fire Emergency Relief & Recovery Fund at: https://unitedwaywinecountry.org/comm/

and the Community Foundation’s Resilience Fund at: https://www.sonomacf.org/ 

 

If you are local . . .

 

Make meals for the remaining evacuees by signing up with Sonoma Family Meal at https://www.sonomafamilymeal.org/volunteer/

or with World Central Kitchen at https://wck.org/volunteer

 

Volunteer at the remaining open shelters in Sonoma County by emailing Petaluma People Services at admin@petalumapeople.org

or submitting an application to the American Red Cross at: https://www.redcross.org/

 

Open your home to the remaining evacuees by calling or emailing Share Sonoma County at (707) 766-8800 and info@sharefire.org

 

Donate gift cards for groceries and gasoline to community organizations for them to pass out to so many in need of help. They have lost wages and food and struggle to pay the rent and restock groceries in their refrigerators.

 

We are all in this thing called “life” together and we thank you for caring. Your generosity at a time like this is so, so appreciated.

 

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