In the last blog I was getting all philosophical and pondering the roll of Yin & Yang in business.
Sue sent this happy thought..
Yin and Yang, very deep philosophy true, but we all need balance in this life, if there were no 'Bad' in this world, how would you know what was 'Good'? We need comparisons, balance....
So having another happy thought, I was thinking how so many things in the gift trade originate from ancient traditions and hold mystical values. Since last week it was Yin & Yang - I thought this week I'd investigate Feng Shui. Or the art of Energy Flow...
Like me you probably think it all a load of superstitious rubbish.. we'll actually that's what I used to think. But it's worth considering that just how things are arranged in our life's affects the way our life's pan out. For example I learned years ago in retailing you can ruin a shops sales by the way it is laid out. A sales counter directly facing and overbearing the entrance can cause a kind of blockage to customers. Just they way a shop "feels" makes all the difference. Somethings you just do things because they work, but you can't explain why.. energy flows like water and like water you can cause stagnant blockages if your not careful.
Out of this comes the eastern Feng Shui traditions with experts charging for their skills, for example most building in China are built along Feng Shui lines.
The compasses, elephants, toads, turtle-dragons and Buddahs have all been absorbed into a colourful Feng Shui tradition. They make an exotic retail display and are natural gift lines.. especially if you or your staff can explain little things about them..
Such as.. The elephant: symbol of strength, wisdom, energy and wisdom, it also helps fertility.
Three leg toad: A figure that can attract prosperity should be placed in the lobby.
Turtle dragon: symbolizes longevity. According to Chinese tradition is able to live 300 years.
The laughing Buddha is the symbol of happiness, good fortune and abundance.
Sorry for rambling on a bit.
Have a well re-arranged week. and if you feel inclined go see the wholesale Feng Shui stuff in the Collectable Dept at AW.