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The Daffodil Principle - in essence - is not to rush through life, dream about a better future, establish a vision and then patiently realise that vision... step by step... day by day... year in and year out... and someday we will make a real difference to our environment. The concept "Daffodil Principle" is adopted, because of the following sketch, which highlights and describes the symbiosis between dreams, visions, actions, the power of now, seize the moment and the principle of sowing and reaping...

THE DAFFODIL PRINCIPLE

Several times my daughter (Carolyn) 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 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 weather 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 a twenty minute drive, 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.

A great vat of gold poured over the mountain.

It looked as though someone had taken a great vat of gold and poured it over the mountain 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 coloured 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.

A flower river of colour.

"Who did this?" I asked Carolyn. "Just one woman", Carolyn answered. "She lives on the property. That's her home". Carolyn pointed to it and we walked up to the house.

A well-kept small A-frame house, modestly sitting in the midst of all that daffodil glory.

On the patio, we saw a poster, with the headline...

"Answers to the Questions I Know You Are Asking"
  • 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, almost fifty 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 us is one of the greatest principles of celebration and co-creation.

That is, learning to move toward our dreams, goals and desires one step at a time, often just one baby step at a time and learning to love the doing, the learning and to use the accumulation of time. When we multiply tiny pieces of time with small increments of daily effort, we too will find that 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. "Well, then... start NOW" 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 only to ask... "How can I put this to good use today?"

Use the Daffodil Principle. Stop waiting, until.....
  • your car or home is paid off,
  • you get a new car or home,
  • your kids leave the house,
  • you go back to school,
  • you finish school,
  • you clean the house,
  • you organize the garage,
  • you clean off your desk,
  • you lose 10 kg's.,
  • you gain 10 kg's.,
  • you get married,
  • you get a divorce,
  • you have kids,
  • the kids go to school,
  • you retire,
  • summer,
  • spring,
  • winter,
  • fall,
  • 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.

Don't be afraid that your life will end, be afraid that it will never begin.
Start planting the seeds of the future TODAY!

Key The daffodil principle lies at the very core of the ripple effect, that act as an antidote for the domino effect.
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Dark angels are people out there who should not be on any team or participate in any group activities... ever! Dark angels doesn't refer to the conclusively or terminally shy. The latter can participate - and with the necessary guidance and support - they can deliver some valuable contributions to any organization, team or group effort.

However, dark angels are frequently referred as the human equivalent of Beelzebub. When this metaphor is followed, one would say dark angels are quite sociopathic and is often regarded as evil, because...
  • They often acts "crazy" due to some personal problem or vendetta.
  • Actions (always spotlessly "civilized" and lawful) often are based on antisocial rage and a need to "get back at someone".
  • An all is fair in love and war attitude, and they think nothing of crossing ethical lines.
  • Fanatical and put achieving his/her own personal objectives above the group or team and all rules and policies.
Here's why a dark angel is quite dangerous in any organization, team or group activity...

A team of five was set up to study the feasibility of direct marketing a new product. Everyone on the team seemed to have a reasonable amount of team spirit, except for Roger. Which was strange, because Roger - a mail order whiz - begged to be part of the team. Everything was running smoothly for a while, but soon the subtle sabotage begin. Reports that had been carefully proof-read, went out with embarrassing errors. Schedules that had been carefully synchronized were now way off and people began showing up for meetings on the wrong day, or for meetings that the other party was unaware of. The network software was crippled. Even the petty cash account was off by almost R1,000.00. Everyone was confused. At first it seemed like phenomenally bad luck. But when a crucial file "disappeared" from the server's hard disk, they began pointing fingers. When accused, Roger gave them his best. "What? Me?" face, denied everything and declared that he was deeply offended at any suggestion that he would undermine the team. And hadn't his schedule been shuffled as well? He was also a victim, not the perpetrator. Rodger was awfully persuasive. It wasn't until an e-mail from one of Roger's previous team members surfaced, asking whether the team were experiencing any "unexplained" data problems, that Roger was confronted again. It turned out that Roger was crippling the teams effort, but the reason behind his actions wasn't determined. No one could understand his motive. It wasn't for a promotion, or to make himself look good or a personal vendetta. He was just a delusional rotten individual. A person who hated his life, his team, his job... everything. An unapologetic wrecker of well-laid plans.

There is plenty of ways and means to deal with difficult and unruly people. But no one's got much of a handle on what to do with dark angels. Dark angels are the slippery beasts of our modern society... a subtle under-miner, camouflaged back-stabber and deadly poisonous for any team, organization or group activity. The "brave" civilized and modern world in which we are presently operating, didn't plan on the presence of dark angels... BUT they are here, and they are dubiously active as well.

Often there isn't a lot of incentives to get rid of dark angels. Apart from the fact that terminating people is confrontational, unpleasant and potentially litigious; many of their actions often are regarded as sound business principles, harmless and at times even admirable due to their supposedly dedication to "the cause". So quite regularly we tend to look the other way and hope that the madness goes away. Frequently we dislike the actions of dark angels, but we patiently bear with them, because...
  • if dark angels collapse from the weight of their own problems we often excuse it and even feel sorry for them due to the stress that they experience.
  • a dark angel - driven by a suppressed and dark rage - are tolerated because they often are good "producers" and frequently deliver the results that we desire.
  • dark angels which go slightly berserk and start hurdling "objects" about the office physically and verbally... well, they are only venting "steam" and who are they bothering really?
People - especially in our western-capitalistic oriented society - which are unscrupulous, or super competitive or overzealous are just doing exactly what is expected from him/her. To be rudely honest... amoral and unscrupulousness is a tried and sure pathway to success in our modern society - particularly our business sphere - and are often compensated accordingly.

Explaining the ten commandments - for example as basic ethical and moralistic principles - to them won't stop these individuals. Being a dark angel isn't merely a choice that individuals make, because the accompanied evil is an external force with its own reality, seeking opportunities - like a virus - where it can find them. And it finds them most often in isolated and alienated individuals, who are so estranged by their upbringing, circumstances, events or by their very nature; that no act is beneath them as they roll unstoppably towards their personal objectives. Although they "respect" the law, they tend to live by the golden rule of... "doing it to unto others before they can do it unto you!"

Few dark angels can be counselled, some can safely be transferred to Antarctica, some can be pushed quietly from the organization, team or group and let their sabotaging nature paddle off to some new ship to wreck. But mostly the best way of dealing with dark angels are to avoid having them in your organization, team or group in the first place; unless you know how to cure cancer... and quickly!
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Defence mechanisms mainly responsible for life skills work hand in hand with coping mechanisms.

This description is merely a place holder to keep the glossary reference system intact. Will be completed as the necessary information is digested.
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The word desire has taken a heavy pounding over the years in human history (often depicted by organised religion as sin). In AltanaESP, desire is neither good nor bad. Desire is a force present in our inner reality. Similar to gravity in the physical universe, desire is a force that attracts. No human can be without desire. Desire is the platform that launches our WILL. Our desire draws things together.

Desire sets up the criteria or parameters that focus or shapes our WILL into a co-creative and cooperation force. Our WILL is the power that allows our desire to manifest. Our desires are the driving force that invokes our WILL. The two (desire and WILL) are an integrated and synchronized unit, the "stuff" that makes dreams to come true. They are the fundamental parts of "ME" as "I" experience "my" life.

When we experience any urge... that impulse that happens inside each of us, just before we move to pick-up something or take a step or follow a line of thought... we experience the force of desire. When we either react or respond to an urge - whether large or small - we are driven by desire. It is neither bad nor good, it is just that our lives are desire-driven.

Desires shapes our "game board" of life. We all have an allotment of the force of desire as a part of our composition. How we choose to use the power of our desire is completely up to us (i.e. our responsibility) but it should always manifest within the context of our environment (i.e. group accountability). Desires, being of compassion; is a climate environmental factor in the process of life.
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Destiny is a frequently used term that is often employed by many people to imply or indicate purpose and meaning in life. Destiny is a human-subjective construct that is quite discouraging for most people, because destiny is "always in the future", implying that we are striving for a better future... always on a quest to obtain our destiny in life, but never privilege enough to reach it. Destiny is a kind of mysterious unobtainable and constantly illusive "utopian dream", which can only be achieved once we leave the realm of this earthly plane... or at least, so we eagerly hope... because there isn't any "real" and "hard" facts that support this assumption.

Throughout human history the construct destiny surfaced in many forms and formats, mainly to instill hope for something better in the future and to make life a bit more bearable for us... maybe someday all this will go away and things will actually become much better. The most well known examples of how the construct of destiny can be manipulated to derail people and keep them of balance, is to be found in organized religion. The general idea is that all our present toiling, sufferings and frustrations is going to be worth it... eventually... ...one day... because, we will receive our "promised" reward. Providing that we serve the religion faithfully and well. However, the inherent manipulative power of the "term destiny", isn't restricted to religion alone, it appears in all spheres of life... from education to politics to economics and also noticeable in terms such as patriotism, "good" business man, admirable citizen, nationalism and the likes.

Unfortunately, the present common and general accepted meaning of destiny did gradually degenerate to something that "can't be obtained". When we use destiny in a travelling context; yes sure, we all agree... it can definitely be reached and it can serve as a sure and obtainable goal. But when we use destiny in a human life's context (i.e. umwelt), it is an unobtainable, illusive and mysterious goal... never to be reached and only to be hoped for or dreamt about.

It is true that destiny is a "place" in future, but it should NEVER be regarded as static, nor unobtainable. Geography and the physical time and space reality is mostly static (i.e. very slow changing), BUT the human-mind and umwelt isn't! Our umwelt is constantly changing; and because of that, our destiny is also changing accordingly. Destiny is obtainable and is an actual "place" that we all can "reach" - sometimes with great difficulty and plenty of lessons - but we all can reach our destiny... providing that we acknowledge the fact that human DESTINY is a continuous exploration and growing process, which steadily works towards an achievement within the parameters of a our unique beingness.

Question A difficult concept?
Not really! maybe the following "travelling example", will place the term destiny in a more understandable context...

Let's assume for the moment an individual, staying in Pretoria (Gauteng, South Africa) where s/he is reasonably happy and makes a decent living; deep down - in his/her psyche or inner being - s/he "knows" that there is much more to life that can be experienced and achieved, than merely staying in Pretoria (i.e. budding aspirations). S/he now has one of two choices...
  1. remains stationary in Pretoria - wondering and dreaming about something better - but reasonably happy within his/her present comfort zone, as maintained by "ignoring" or "suppressing" his/her budding aspirations, OR
  2. to rather "venture" from Pretoria and explore the many possible opportunities available in the rest of South Africa.
For argument sake, let's assume that s/he choose the latter (No 2) and "go for destiny". This choice implies that certain preparatory steps need to be taken, before s/he should take action. Such preparatory steps will differ widely from person to person and situation to situation, but essentially s/he should at least pay some attention to the following...
  • Determine one's present status in life, "Where am I at present and what do I already have?"
  • Specify one's aspiration in life, "Where do I want to be in future and what should my umwelt look like?"
  • Ascertain the "gap" between the present and future, "What resources do I have, and which resources do I lack?"
  • Identify possible alternatives and accompanied opportunities "What do I want/need, and where/how can I get hold of it?"
Let argue, that the individual decide that s/he need an environment with lots of water and a beautiful scenery. Based on environmental "research" (travelling books, magazines and pictures) s/he chooses to start moving in a southerly direction, because it seems that it would allow him/her the best opportunities to "reach" his/her envisioned "destiny" (i.e. the vivid image of water, mountain & beautiful scenery). The justification for his/her journey's "final direction" being...
  • in an easterly direction there is only lots of mountains,
  • to the west a desert and
  • north merely beautiful scenery and rivers.
In his/her mind's eye s/he has a vivid image of 'n big impressive mountain overlooking the sea; and south seems the best direction to pursue the "picture".

So the quest begins with the Vaal river as his/her "first destiny". On arriving in Parys, s/he start exploring the "environment" and compare it with the vivid mountain/sea image. After a while s/he realize that some of the criteria (vivid picture) is present, but a few things is still missing. Some more "research" follows, and s/he realize that southerly direction is still the best option, so the journey continues, because s/he "adjust/adapt" his/her "Vaal river destiny" to a "Gariepdam destiny", based on more refined information and "personal growth".

Arriving at the Gariepdam and staying there for a while, s/he still find some aspects missing from his/her "dream" and when learning of more possibilities and alternatives (which was impossible if s/he remained stationary in Pretoria), s/he realize that the journey still has continue, to yet "another destiny" further south... Cape Town.

Key Destiny (within beingness context) is not a predicted goal, nor a pre-determined destination... it is a "journey" or "quest" direction, which allows us to gradually grow and develop, as we steadily move down the "path" and closer to materialize our "vivid mental image" (i.e. our potential) into something real and tangible. As we learn, grow and develop as a unique human being, our destiny is constantly spiralling upwards... always in the same direction and always a little further and a little "higher".

Thus, destiny isn't something mysterious, in the stars, "hidden" or only accessible to a few privileged people or "chosen ones"; BUT something available to all of us and something that we can deliberately work towards... and obtain! Providing that we at least have a direction in life guided by our...
  • Vision Statement (i.e. WHERE do we want to be in future),
  • Mission Statement (i.e. WHAT are going to do, to get WHERE),
  • Value Statement (i.e. HOW are we going to implement the WHAT) and
  • Legacy Statement (i.e. our expected cumulation of WHERE, WHAT & HOW)
Key Destiny isn't a "specific" goal post in life, as per impression of most people. But it is a "growing and maturing" goalpost, that gradually lure us closer to become what we are suppose to become, and destined to become. DESTINY (in human spiritual terms) IS A DIRECTION OF GROWTH & DEVELOPMENT, NOT A FINAL DESTINATION or predetermined end goal.

Keep on reaching for what you want in life... never stop dreaming!
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