New Practitioner: Remembering that I Am a Practitioner at Every Moment
(Clearwisdom.net) I am a new Falun Dafa practitioner. I remember at every moment that I am a practitioner and that I should validate the Fa so that people will not a have bad impression of Falun Dafa.
My neighbor was building a house and asked if he could put the bricks in front of my house. I agreed and went to tell my husband. To my surprise, my husband refused to allow it and would not listen to me.
At that time, I remembered what Master said in Zhuan Falun:
"As practitioners, you will suddenly come across conflicts. What should you do? You should always maintain a heart of compassion and kindness. Then, when you run into a problem, you will be able to do well because it gives you room to buffer the confrontation. You should always be benevolent and kind to others, and consider others when doing anything. Whenever you encounter a problem, you should first consider whether others can put up with this matter or if it will hurt anyone. In doing so, there will not be any problems." (Zhuan Falun)
I am a practitioner, and I should help others whenever I can. But, sometimes I have to listen to my husband too. When my neighbors were tearing down their old house, there were many people working, and the neighbors were very busy. I boiled some water and let the workers fill their thermos bottles when they were empty. My neighbors were very grateful. A while later, my sister-in-law came to borrow money for an emergency. I did not have any money at the time. When my neighbors learned about the situation, they lent me the money out of what they needed to build the house. A few days later, the power in my house went out. The electrician came to check and needed someone to hold the ladder. My husband wasn't home, so my neighbors came to hold the ladder. I thought that if I had not practiced Falun Dafa, the relationship between my neighbors and my family would not have been so good.
My neighbors said that I was a good person. I told them, "Falun Dafa teaches me to be that way."
My husband's brother was hospitalized and my sister-in-law had to stay with him. During that time, I helped feed their chickens. One day they called, saying that they were checking out of the hospital. At first, I thought that I would just return their key and it would be over. Later, I thought to myself, "I am a practitioner and need to be considerate. It will be freezing cold when they get home, and my brother-in-law will need a warm place. They also have not eaten. I will heat the place up and cook something." My human notions told me that what I wanted to do was silly, but then my righteous thoughts told me that I was conducting myself better.
Now my sister-in-law often calls to talk to me. This would not have happened before I practiced Falun Dafa, because we used to quarrel frequently and need outside mediation.
When I worked in a vineyard, after lunch, everyone would take a nap. There were not enough cots for everyone and as a practitioner, I thought that I could not fight for the beds. So, at nap time, I cleaned all the tables and chairs and swept the floor, before sitting down to study the Fa and send forth righteous thoughts. One time, I saw that a co-worker did not have her blanket on and went to put it back on her gently. She and I used to have problems. Now that I am a practitioner, I do not have enemies. Later when this co-worker was hospitalized, I visited her and told her to recite "Falun Dafa is good." Now, when I see her on the street, she greets me from far away.