Beloved Flower Lover,
Can we explain something?
Post after recent post you might have become aware that something is going on here at TLFL. A creative turning point.
We worried a little, as you might have noticed that our posts have been dealing with powerful emotions recently. Some of you may have been uncomfortable, others calm, as you notice that the posts are about decision making, especially about what we really don’t want to think about.
The posts have been about flowers as well as caring, nurturing, in the face of challenging, and sometimes individualistic situations. Why? Well let’s tell you a story that might help to explain ourselves better.
We have continued to be exposed to the inspiring beauty of life and off course flowers from all angles. In the presence of flowers we ‘think’. Inspired thinking. Sparked by creative divine beauty. During our days we have been adapting by going to our usual, plus newer flower suppliers. On those trips we have really noticed that everyone we have been relating to recently have been dealing with money and relationships. It’s been a common theme. Are you noticing any similar patterns?
Anyway we as a team of florists decided that it was o.k. to reflect on this. To consider the ‘coulda woulda shoulda vibe as we are opening up to the ripples flowing in from the open door of 2014. Radical, but not really as we consider what the spring will birth and bring forward. In the process of making space to share ourselves with 2014, we ended up considering universal symbols, and one in particular. The Sankofa bird.
The Sankofa bird is one of the most recognized of all the Adinkra symbols today. In the Akan language, Sankofa means “it is not wrong to go back for that which you have forgotten”. The sankofa bird is portrayed as a bird flying looking backward over its shoulder. In its beak is an egg. The egg in its beak represents the “gem” or knowledge of the past upon which wisdom is based; it also signifies the generation to come that would benefit from that wisdom. Our child to be born within ourselves even.
The symbol of the sankofa bird is associated with the proverb, “Se wo were fi na wosankofa a yenkyi,” which in translation means, “It is not wrong to go back for that which you have forgotten”. Modern translations usually render it as
One must return to the past in order to move forward. In either case, the message of the symbol is that we must learn from the past in order to build a better future.
The Akan believe that the past illuminates the present and that the search for knowledge is a long-life process. The image illustrates the quest for knowledge, while the proverb suggest the rightness of such a quest so long as it is based upon knowledge of the past.
(san = “to return”) + (ko = “to go” + (fa = “to look, to seek and take”)
Sankofa, “It is not wrong to go back for that which you have forgotten”
The London Flower Lover