The Smiling Daffodil’s Daffodilpedia of Terms

Daffodils from Arboretum


Daffodilpedia: I figure there are encyclopedias and a Wikipedia, so why not a Daffodilpedia? This page will clarify words, phrases and idioms that may not translate well to other languages.

Plus, my thoughts might not make sense to everyone so this section might fill in the gaps.

I’ll continue to add to the Daffodilpedia from time to time. Please ask questions or post comments.

365 Days of Living the Dale Carnegie Principles: The Smiling Daffodil writes at least one story every day and posts to the blog. The event that is described actually happened and the event took place the day it was posted. I designed the blog this way to force me to put the Dale Carnegie principles into practice every day. The alternative would have been writing a collection of stories in advance but then I’d have a day, or two or more off where I wouldn’t have to use the principles. This feels like I’m cheating at my own blog!

If I have “leftover” stories to share I post them to the Day Old Bread and Doggie Bag section of the blog.

Names: I change the names of all the people in my stories because the names are irrelevant. In real life the person might be female—but I made the person male in the story. All guest bloggers are welcome to do the same—and you may also choose a pen name if you prefer to be anonymous (or not). Just think—you could be known as Smiling Daisy!

Posts: Initially my goal was to post before midnight—but my schedule is pretty busy so I aim to post sometime between the hours of 10 pm – 3 am CST. So the dates/times do seem off but in my mind I technically make my daily post deadline. The only time I won’t post is if I don’t have access to the internet. But you can be sure wherever I am under those conditions I am still writing my blog so that I can post when I return.

Guest Blogger Wednesdays: I have been blessed to have individuals volunteer to submit their stories to share on the blog. Some of the stories were told to me in person (then I write them down and have the person edit it). Other stories were written then supplied to me. I will accept your story in any form I can! Remember, you may not find the story compelling but that doesn’t mean it isn’t. If the story uses a principle it’s worth sharing. Don’t miss an opportunity to teach and motivate others! If I an write about a trip to a fast food restaurant I’m sure you have even better stories.

The Smiling Daffodil: Ever wonder about this name? One of my favorite flowers is the daffodil. The scientific name for the daffodil is Narcissus. In Greek mythology, Narcissus was so obsessed with gazing at his reflection in water that he fell in and drowned. Granted, I’m not a male obsessing with my looks but my thoughts do tend to center around me. Good thing I have this blog to change that.
And if it’s not obvious—I’m female.

When life hands you lemons, make lemonade: this is a common expression that means make the best out of your circumstances. Make something good out of something bad. Dale Carnegie’s principle explains it in a similar fashion: “Try to profit from your losses.”

When I reference the lemonade expression in my blog I usually say “I made lemonade” or “I opened a lemonade stand”, or “I opened a lemonade factory.” If I opened a lemonade factory it means I have TONS of lemons (challenging circumstances) being thrown at me—so I have plenty of lemonade to make.

How to Stop Worrying and Start Living by Dale Carnegie. Don’t let the title give you the impression that you are “damaged goods” for reading the book. This book gives practical advice to anyone interested in learning proven methods to deal with everyday challenges. Some of my favorites principles from this book include: “Count your blessings—not your troubles.” “Create happiness for others.” “Put enthusiasm into your work.” If you don’t like to read or have time to read—don’t worry— it also comes in an audio version. I’m not a big reader but this book is really an easy read.

How to Win Friends and Influence People by Dale Carnegie. Don’t think that by reading the book it must mean you have no friends. All it implies is you have a desire to improve yourself and that speaks well about your character! This book is a very easy read and should be read multiple times. It gives you practical tips on how to persuade people to your way of thinking, how to be a good leader and even how to gracefully admit your mistakes. If you don’t like to read or have time to read—don’t worry— it also comes in an audio version.

Photographs: I take all the photographs presented in the blog—none of them were taken or borrowed from any other resource.  I hope you enjoy them!



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