‘Kendamas’ Back to Business Basics at SWAM

Susie & Kendamas

Anything in life, we begin with basics. We begin to recognize, communicate, and take our first steps. It’s the core of our development. Then we develop our personality. However, I’m not a mother so I don’t have the first person point of view of how a baby grows up to be a toddler than a child to a teenager. I’ll engage with them and give them back to their parents. So I’ll be more reserved with the development of our personality.

What I did find fascinating is the renaissance of the Kendamas: “A kendama (けん玉 ?, also written as 剣玉 and 拳玉) is a traditional Japanese toy which consists of three wooden cups of different sizes placed on the center of a wooden spike, with a smaller cup at the spike’s base and a ball connected by a string to the center piece. In English, kendama may be referred to as ring and pin and bears similarities to the classic cup-and-ball game, similar to the Latin American world toy known as balero. The principle of these toys are the same: catching one object with another, where both are joined by a string.”

In my business there is a ball and spike Kendamic allegory. Call it juggling, coordination, and balance. It’s all of the above. The day starts out with a Bird: balancing the checkbook. Then it’s the Solar: coordinating the order, running errands, and responding to emails. Doors open and now it’s Jumping Stick to Zero Gravity: talking to vendors, hanging up on robo-calls, helping customers, Facebooking, Instagramming, entertaining the regulars, and then making sure everything balances at the end. A bit of advice is learn the basics, practice it, and let each victory become your own personality. It’s just another day at SWAM.

Category : Blog Posted on January 19, 2014

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