[Selected Submissions] The Spirit is in the Details, the Greatness is in Ordinariness
I Would Employ Falun Gong Practitioners If I Ran a Company
I work in a privately owned gymnasium and am responsible for keeping accounts and keeping track of charges, without any supervision. The gym is always busy, which is an opportunity for me to be in contact with different kinds of people. Nowadays in a world full of material desires, people put emphasis on fame and gain, and do not think of others. I am a Falun Gong practitioner who conducts myself according to Zhen-Shan-Ren (Truthfulness-Compassion-Forbearance) and would like to share my experiences of this.
A customer once had exercised for many hours, but asked me to charge him a two-hour fee. He told me that he had done this before. I thought, “No matter how you were charged before, I won't do it that way. I am a Falun Gong practitioner, and any cheating behavior is not in accordance with Zhen-Shan-Ren.” I am employed by my boss and I earn a salary from him, and I should think of him. If I charge the customer less than it is supposed to be, he will be grateful to me, but the boss will suffer a loss of income. This is not a good custom, and I will never do that. I then explained to the customer patiently, “If you just pay a two-hour fee, I will pay the rest for you. I can't betray my conscience and bring my boss any loss. I am a Falun Gong practitioner, and conduct myself according to Zhen-Shan-Ren, so I can't cause loss to my boss.” After a while, the customer said, “You are a good person. If I had a company, I would employ people like you who practice Falun Gong.”
The customers pay a deposit before they use the gym, and from time to time, some customers forget to get the rest of their deposit back when they leave. Every time I run across this, I keep the money and return it to them when they come again. One day, a woman teacher paid a deposit of 100 yuan, exercised just for a while, and left in a hurry. I couldn't leave my place at that time and tried to stop her by calling out to her, but she did not hear me. When she came again after a long time, I returned the rest of her deposit of more than 90 yuan, which really moved her. She said, “I didn't even remember that you owed me. You Falun Gong practitioners are different from others, and you are genuine good people. The Communist Party is so evil that it persecutes good people.” She later agreed to do the “three-withdrawals.”
I am strict in my work, which is supposed to drive customers away, but in contrast, more and more people come to exercise here. They have witnessed from my behavior that Falun Dafa is good, and some of them have even done the “three-withdrawals.”
People's Consciences Are Reviving
A regular customer once told me, “I have never paid after I exercised here, but since you came, I've never missed a payment, because I know how to be a good man.” He then said “I am a security section chief. I will never follow the instructions from the upper authorities, if they again ask me to keep an eye on and report you Falun Gong practitioners.” He later excitedly told me, “I did the best thing last night.” I asked what he did. He said, “Last night two Falun Gong practitioners came to our company to distribute materials which clarified the truth. One of them was caught by our guards and brought to me. The guards claimed that the other practitioner ran away and asked whether I saw him. Without thinking, I told them that I saw some guy going to the south, and immediately after that they left to chase him. I let the practitioner go, and asked him to be careful. Later, the guards returned empty-handed, and were surprised that the captured practitioner was also missing. They asked me why. I said I was called by someone and he ran away after I came back. One guard said, “Let them go, as they are not bad people, and it's none of our business. We are to catch bad people.” After his words I was also very happy for him and his good deed.
A complete stranger once came, talked to me about something irrelevant, and even spoke ill of Falun Dafa. I stopped him in a kind way, but he didn't accept it, and shouted at me. He put down my name in a small notebook, and asked me to go with him. A crowd of customers soon gathered and blamed him, “Don't do that! Falun Gong practitioners are good people. Get out! Don't make trouble here.” After that, this fellow put away his notebook and left immediately.
I am so happy for those sentient beings who have understood the truth, and I am determined to do better, follow Master's teachings, and validate the wonderfulness of Dafa. By my own behavior, I hope to move people, wake up their consciences with my kindness, and save more sentient beings.
I am serious at work, and enthusiastic to customers. Some customers just smile at me and say, “Falun Dafa is good.” Witnessing my behavior, my boss has changed his attitude towards Falun Gong. He has understood what genuine kindness is. One day he even borrowed Zhuan Falun from me, and did the “three-withdrawals” for his family. He later protected me in a crucial situation.
The above are my experiences of what I am supposed to do with Master's guidance. Today is the Twentieth anniversary of Falun Dafa spreading to the world, and I write this down to validate the wonderfulness of Dafa. I just want to let more people know, in this world full of chaos and its belief of “Every man for himself, and the devil takes the hindmost” how Falun Gong practitioners strive to be unselfish and consider others in every little thing in their ordinary work. They are noble, like lotus flowers coming out of the mud without damaging their purity.
From the Call for Submissions to Commemorate the Twentieth Anniversary of Falun Dafa’s Introduction