A know it all
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 teacher said.
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.
When 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.
"The objective of karate-do is to contribute to the evolution
of the human spirit through physical and mental training."
Sensei Peter Lindsay