About this work
Eshe, the Swahili word for ‘one who is alive,’ represents not only surviving but thriving . She greets you with a daring stance . Her ruby red ,tubular flowers are hidden amongst vivid greenery that exudes life and vibrancy .
What better flower to symbolize transformation and courage than our indigenous protea. Many protea plants only release their seeds and produce new growth after natural fires.
We are often faced with periods of fire in our lives where we are forced to take stock, reassess , adapt and change our ideas and ways in order to move forward .
The ancient protea flower (genus: Protea) is one of the oldest flowers on Earth, dating back millions of years.
Dictionaries define the word ‘protean’ as flexible, adaptable, versatile, diverse and able to change easily and frequently . In order to survive and succeed in life you need to have strength, show courage and practice resilience and in certain moments be able to survive under extreme conditions, whether mentally, physically or emotionally challenging, much like the fire hardy Protea.
Finally, the flower’s unique appearance is often perceived as a symbol of idiosyncratic beauty, individuality and courage . The ability to stay true to oneself is a noble character trait that each individual will do well to remember.
Here is to living, being able to adapt and change and to embrace and celebrate our own individual, unique beauty and to remember how strong you are.
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