Author Jaroldeen Edwards tells the story of a time she visited her daughter, Carolyn, who was living in Running Springs, California. One foggy morning, Carolyn told her mother she wanted to take her for a drive to see “a very special field of daffodils”.
Jaroldeen protested, saying she had no desire to drive through a fog, but her daughter insisted, and prevailed. After a slow, winding mountain drive, they suddenly came upon the field. Jaroldeen recounts the moment…
I looked up and gasped. Before me lay the most glorious sight! It looked as though someone had poured gold over the mountain peak and its surrounding slopes. Daffodils were planted in majestic, swirling patterns of orange, white, yellow and pink. Each different-coloured variety was planted in large groups so that it swirled and flowed like its own river with its own unique hue. This was no small field! These were five acres of beautiful flowers!
Stunned by the beauty before her, Jaroldeen asked her daughter who had done this.
’Just one woman,’ Carolyn replied, pointing to a modest, well-kept home in the midst of the flowers. ‘Her name is Gene Bauer. That’s her home.” As they walked up to the house, they saw a poster on the patio:
Answers to the Questions I Know You Are Asking:
1. 50,000 flowers
2. One at a time, by one woman. Two hands, two feet, and one brain.
3. Began in 1958.
For Jaroldeen, this was a life-changing moment! More than four decades ago, a woman had decided to bring beauty and joy to an obscure mountaintop. Planting one daffodil at a time, this unknown woman had succeeded in creating something extraordinary, and had taught her something in the process. — When we multiply tiny pieces of time with small elements of daily effort, we can accomplish magnificent things.
“It makes me sad in a way,” Jaroldeen admitted to her daughter, “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 flower at a time’ through all those years? Just think what I might have been able to achieve!”
Her daughter smiled and simply said, “Start tomorrow,”
Is there something you wish you had started earlier? Instead of regretting lost time, start tomorrow! And keep going. Because small elements of daily effort multiplied by pieces of times can indeed achieve marvellous things! Before long, you will be surprised how much you have gotten done by simply doing it daily, doing it diligently, and never neglecting to do it.
Have a great week!