I did not go back to my hometown for this past Spring Festival. Although I did not get to spend time with my relatives, I did have a fulfilling and meaningful Spring Festival.

For several nights during the Spring Festival, I went out to do truth-clarification work. In the dark of night, and with the cold winds howling, I had nothing to distract me. My mind was calm, peaceful, and without fear. Under Teacher's protection, my body was warm. The winter wind felt like a spring breeze to me and I did not feel the cold at all. I sent forth righteous thoughts as I walked. My truth-clarification materials included CD's, small booklets, and some post-it notes. Sometimes I wrote with chalk. I wrote large characters on large spaces and small characters on small spaces, thinking that if even one person saw them, then my efforts would not have been wasted. Once, while I was writing something, a passer-by walked toward me, but I didn't stop until I was finished writing. I kept thinking about which spot would be the most visible, and that I shouldn't miss writing on it. There are always a lot of people in the parks, so whenever I passed one, I wrote the words "Truthfulness, Compassion and Tolerance" on a visible spot.

I constantly traveled all over the areas where small businesses operate. I realized the responsibility to save beings through studying the Fa. Using the wisdom that Dafa bestowed upon me, I used different approaches to talk to different kinds of people, clarifying the truth, addressing Dafa's beauty, and not missing any opportunities. I have encountered many people who were clearheaded, but there were also people who would not listen. While feeling sorry for them, I looked within myself to see where I had not explained well enough, so that I might learn from my mistakes and do better next time.

Sometimes I felt frustrated when I didn't have truth-clarification materials on hand to distribute. I thought of Teacher's words in "To All Students at the Nordic Fa Conference":

"So in clarifying the truth, don't wait, don't rely on others, and don't just hope for changes in external factors. Every one of us is creating history for the future, that's why everyone is not only participating in group activities, but also taking the initiative to look for things to do. As long as something is good for Dafa, you should take the initiative to do it, take the initiative to work on it."

Without truth-clarification materials, I improvised. On small pieces of paper I wrote, "Falun Dafa is Good," "Global Coalition to Bring Jiang to Justice," or "Truthfulness, Compassion, Tolerance." I attached a double-sided sticker to each piece of paper and put them in my bag so I could use them anytime I wanted. I collected the soft drink bottles that littered the ground. Although they are worth only five pennies per bottle, I sold them for money after accumulating many of them. Then I spent the money on making truth-clarification materials. Teachers says, "We're doing these things with our hearts, while they're doing things with money--they could never compare." ("Teaching the Fa at the 2002 Fa Conference in Boston")