I only know contentment

May I offer you a contentment coin and a scoop of refreshing water from the contentment well. More on “I only know contentment”

I pictogram

The Character “Five” and “Mouth” constitute “I”, it is also the first character in a number of two-character surnames and is pronounced as “Wu”, a common Chinese surname, the same pronunciation as the ancient word for “I”.

The pictogram originally was five horizontal strokes and then evolved into a cross between two horizontal strokes.

So “I” have five mouths: a mouth to eat, talk, sing, yell or console.How do you want to use your mouth? What do you want your “I” to be?

Only Pictogram
The character of “Only” is made up of “Mouth” and “Bird”. The “Bird” pictogram is literally the drawing of a short tail bird.

The bird only has one mouth, it eats very little.

Know Pictogram
“KNOW when to stop. That’s superb”. Chuang Tzu.

The character of “Man” on top of the character of “Big” constitute the character of “Arrow”. The character of “know” or “wits” is made up of “arrow” and “mouth”. Man who considers himself as big uses his mouth like an arrow. In other words, the person with a big ego talks sharply to hurt others.

The pictograms of “man” is a drawing of a body with a long arm and leg while “big” is a man with arms stretched out so he looks big. The drawing of a pointed end on a device for shooting an arrow is the “arrow” pictogram. The drawing of the mouth is obvious as the “mouth” pictogram.

In Buddhsim, mindfulness of body, speech and mind are very important in the practice.Zen practitioners have very few words, they eat and talk very little. Wits and knowing are key teachings of Lao Tzu and Chuang Tzu.

Remember not to use the mouth to talk like an arrow to hurt anyone.
Enough Pictogram

The character of “Enough” or “Foot” is made of “Mouth” and “Stop” or “Still”.
Interestingly the “Stop” or “Still” pictogram is a drawing of three toes representing the five toes.

The toes are still when our feet are still or stop. When we have enough food or material things, we stop our mouths whether it is eating or complaining.

Now all together.

i-only-know-enoughThe empty square in the middle represent the mouth. The pictogram on top is five and make up the character of “I” with the mouth below it. The “Bird” pictogram on the right make up the character of “Only” with the mouth on its left. The “Arrow” pictogram on the left make up the character of “Know” with the mouth on its right. At the bottom is the “Still” or “Stop” and make the character of “Enough” or “Foot” with the mouth on top.

Viola! “I only know enough.” May you be content!

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