Once upon a time ....
the colors of the Kenpo World started to
All claimed that they were the best;
the most important,
the most useful, the favorite ..
"You are all so serious. I am the beginning of the
I bring laughter, gaiety, and warmth into the world.
sun is yellow, the moon is yellow, the stars are yellow.
Every time you
look at a sunflower, the whole world starts to smile. Without me there
would be no fun."
next to blow her trumpet: "I am the color of health
and strength. The second level of the Journey. I may be scarce,
am precious for I serve the needs of human life.
I carry the most
important vitamins. Think of carrots, pumpkins, oranges, mangoes, and
papayas. I don't hang around all the time,but when I fill the sky at
sunrise or sunset, my beauty is so striking that no one gives another
thought to any of you."
PURPLE rose up to his full height:
He was very tall and spoke with
"I am the color of royalty and power.
level shows commitment and fortitude.
Kings, chiefs, and bishops have
always chosen me,
for I am the sign of authority and wisdom.
People do not question me! They listen and obey."
"You only think about the earth, but consider the
sky and the sea, for which at this level I strive to reach for!
the water that is the basis of life and drawn up by the clouds from the
deep sea. The sky gives space and peace and serenity. Without my peace,
you would all be nothing."
"Clearly I am the most important. I am the sign of life
and of hope. I now at this point of the Journey realize that one must be
green and growing which is why I was chosen for grass, trees and leaves.
Without me, all animals would die. Look over the countryside and you will
see that I am in the majority."
"Surely you must realize that by now I represent the
structure of Strength like that of the mighty oak and hard as iron frame.
Without my thick trunk the wind would be out of control,the birds have no
home, and the earth no shade.
A Symbol of power to all that look up to
its Mighty Structure."
much more quietly than all the others,
endured the test of time and learned the many lessons
thru hard work
and much determination: "Think of me. I am
the color of silence. You
hardly notice me, but without me you all become superficial. I represent
thought and reflection, twilight and deep water.
You need me for
balance and contrast, for prayer and inner peace."
RED finally could stand it no longer,
he shouted out: "I am the
ruler of all of you. I am blood - life's blood! I bring fire into the
blood. I am willing to fight for a cause.
Leadership is second nature
and Professorship and Mastery the Goal. I am the color of danger and of
Without me, the earth would be as empty as the moon.
the color of passion and of love, the red rose,
the poinsettia and the
So the colors went on boasting, each convinced of his or her
own superiority. Their quarreling became louder and louder. Suddenly there
was a startling flash of bright lightening.
Thunder rolled and boomed. Rain started to pour down relentlessly. The
colors crouched down in fear, drawing close to one another for comfort.
In the midst of the clamor,
SGM Ed Parker began to speak:
"You foolish colors, fighting amongst yourselves,
each trying to
dominate the rest.
Don't you know that you were each made for a special
purpose, unique and different?
Join hands with one another and realize your destiny."
remember to appreciate one another, for each of us needs all of us
let this group of colors reminder us that we too can all livein
peace and harmony if we but try.