- YOU HAVE
TAUGHT ME ENOUGH
- A know it
- It so happened that on a
warm Spring day, the Lord of the castle received a
message stating that a very important visitor would be
arriving in three days time.
- Knowing how important this
visit could be to the future of his family, and anxious
to make a very good impression on his guest, the Lord
asked his eldest son, who considered himself to be a
master of calligraphy, to make a special scroll to
commemorate this very important occasion.
- The scroll was to be a
translation of his guests name, which meant "to live
one thousand years".
- The Lord of the castle knew
that while his son was enjoyed calligraphy, he also knew
that his son's education was greatly lacking in many
other ways. So it was that he decided to send the most
learned teacher in his kingdom to assist his son, and to
make sure that the translation was flawless.
- That afternoon the teacher
sat down beside the young man and taking up a fine brush
he dipped it in the wet ink, and then he drew a single
vertical line on a clean white piece of paper, "this
is the number one", the teacher said.
- Dipping the brush once
again in the ink he then drew another identical line
beside the first, "this is the number two", the
- Dipping the brush in the
ink for a third time he drew another identical line
beside the first two, "this is the number three",
the teacher said.
- "I understand
completely, you have taught me enough, leave me now",
said the impatient young man.
- Ignoring the teachers plea
that the lesson was not yet finished, the young man
quickly ushered him out of the room, and then locked the
door behind him.
- For several days the door
remained locked, and there was no sign of the young man.
- On the appointed day the
Lord of the castle knocked loudly on his son's door,
"our guest will be here within the hour" he
shouted, when will you be finished the scroll?
- "You have given me an
impossible task, I need more time" shouted his son.
- Unable to control his
anxiety the Lord forced open the door.
- There before him sat his
son, the floor of his room covered in paper.
- "I have been writing
for two days and two nights" he cried, "and I
am only up to the number 793" he exclaimed.
- "I need more time, and
more paper, why does our guest have to have such an
unbelievably long name"!!?
- Had the impatient young man
not been so sure of himself, and had he waited but a few
minutes more, the teacher would have taught him that the
number 1000 in the guests language, was written using
only four stokes of the brush.
someone is willing to share their knowledge with you,
- wait until
the lesson is over before you claim to know it all.
- Part the
clouds - see the way.
objective of karate-do is to contribute to the evolution
- of the
human spirit through physical and mental training."