Cultivating While Progressing From Salesperson to Regional Manager
(Minghui.org) I was very fortunate to start practicing Falun Gong in March 1999. Master cleansed my body within a month, to a completely illness-free state. It seemed as if I had changed into a different person, and I acquired a happy mood and stable emotion, which is difficult to describe in words. One day after I finished reading Hong Yin, I was practicing the sitting meditation, and felt as if I were sitting inside an eggshell, isolated from all the outside noise. I felt that my hands and feet were gone and only my thoughts were left, a state exactly as Master described in Zhuan Falun.
Clarifying the Truth to My Colleagues and Customers
The Chinese Communist Party launched its persecution of Falun Gong on July 20, 1999. I was working as a salesperson at the time, and had just started to practice Falun Gong. I thought to myself, “How should I clarify to people that Dafa is good, Master is innocent, and Dafa practitioners are being wronged?”
One day, after a customer tried on some new clothes, I told him about the wonders of Dafa. I barely finished a few lines before he hurriedly told me, “You shouldn't believe in this stuff. I work in the 610 Office, and it's my job to deal with it.” I was rather upset that he and his colleagues were being fooled by the lies, and could not tell good from bad, but at the time I hadn't come to think that they were the most pitiable of people.
As time went on, the books Nine Commentaries on the Communist Party and The Disintegration of Party Culture were published one after the other. They were very good materials for use by Dafa disciples to help clarify the truth.
One of my coworkers' husband was a police officer. I thought about telling her the truth about Falun Gong, but I had some concerns. When the thought “I, too, need to validate the Fa” popped into my mind, Master arranged an opportunity for me. That coworker liked to chat with me about anything and everything. She also liked to read. One day I told her, “I will give you a good book. Take your time to read it.” The next day I gave her a copy of the Nine Commentaries . Three days later, she returned it to me and excitedly said, “The book was well written. What it says is all true.” I immediately recommended Disintegration of Party Culture to her. She took about two weeks to finish reading that book. When she gave that book back to me, she kept asking, “Who wrote such a good book? I want to let my friends read it also. Can you lend it to me for longer?” I told her to keep it and pass it around to her friends. She thanked me a lot.
I seized the chance to ask her to do the three withdrawals (withdrawing from the Chinese Communist Party and its affiliated organizations). She happily accepted, becoming the first person to whom I clarified the truth successfully. From there began my path of cultivation, clarifying the truth, and saving people.
I worked in the store for over ten years. My supervisor and my coworkers all witnessed my changes after I started practicing Falun Gong and said that I was a rare and good person. My sales performance improved along with my cultivation. In our annual evaluation, my group won first place. The store manager wanted to name me as the exemplary salesperson. I did not want the fame, so I declined. However, I told my colleagues, supervisors, and customers the wonders of Dafa whenever I had a chance.
Learning Accounting in One Day: “There's nothing I can't do well”
A fellow practitioner introduced me to an accounting job in 2008. I hadn't worked as an accountant before. The practitioner asked me to go take a look and make my decision. I thought that since the company was close to my mother's house, and my mother also practiced Falun Gong, if I worked at that company, I could go to her house over my lunch breaks to send righteous thoughts and study the Fa with her.
Master arranges everything. In my interview, I explained my true situation. The manager said that I could stay. It was arranged that I would work as a cashier and deliver goods as a part-time job. Meanwhile, a newly graduated finance major would work with the company as an accountant. I took the job, thinking I would have some free time. While I delivered goods on the streets, I could also distribute truth-clarification materials.
Thinking about this was easy, but doing it was much harder. Sometimes it was raining or windy, and I needed to carry over 10 kilograms (22 pounds) of items over long distances. I felt bitter. Many times I thought about quitting the job. But when I listened to Master's lectures, my spirits lifted. I realized that cultivation is all about cultivating the heart. Suffering this little bit did not actually count for anything. Thus, I delivered goods for six months. During that time, whenever I got the chance, I clarified the truth about Dafa to the accountant. He accepted all of the information and quit all of the Party organizations. As a result, he received many blessings.
Soon afterward, my company sent the accountant to a new store in another city to be the marketing manager, and I replaced him as the accountant. Before leaving, he told me to systematically learn accounting. I thought to myself, “I will study Dafa well. There's nothing I can't do well.” I brought my mother-in-law, a veteran accountant, to my house to teach me. After an entire day, I completely grasped the skills required for the accountant position.
During work, I told the facts about Dafa to all of my coworkers. I also gave Dafa books to whoever accepted Dafa and wanted to read the books. Over time, some of them moved on to better jobs. Waves of people came and went, and it seemed that everyone came to hear the truth.
One day, our company headquarters sent the vice general manager to inspect our marketing department. When I told him the facts about Dafa, he was shocked and said in a panic, “If the general manager knew you're practicing Falun Gong, he would fire you.” I knew that it was the evil spirit behind him who was afraid, and was interfering with him. I sent forth righteous thoughts to eliminate it and prevent it from making him say wild things. I was looked after by Master, and no one was allowed to harm me! He took out a cigarette, inhaled twice, and no longer looked aggressive.
I told him, “Whether the general manager knows I'm practicing Falun Gong or not, he would like his financial management staff to be capable and honest. I work in accordance with the principles of 'Truthfulness-Compassion-Forbearance,' and nobody can deny that.” In the evening, our marketing manager invited the vice general manager and the entire staff for dinner. The marketing manager raised his glass and said, “Let's have a toast to 'Truthfulness-Compassion-Forbearance.'” The vice general manager was shocked. He looked at me and saw the peaceful atmosphere of our marketing staff. Then, he lowered his head and said, “It seems like everybody knows it.” The day he left, he told the marketing manager that I can stay in the job and that I have great potential.
Becoming Regional Manager, Helping Workers Do the Three Withdraws, and Achieving Sales Records
The marketing manager had spoken from his bottom of his heart, and thus chose a good future for himself and received blessings. He soon went to another company with better benefits. Before he left, the general manager asked him to choose his replacement. He recommended me.
I was very surprised, because I had worked at the company for only a short time, and lacked managerial experience. But he said, “Our company emphasizes an employee's personality. You take your work seriously and have good relations with your coworkers. Therefore, you are the best candidate.” Because I had not worked in this field before, I did not accept the offer.
The next day, the general manager called me and said, “Although you've worked at this company for only a short time, everyone has commented highly about your work. You have the ability, so I believe you can do the work well. As a manager, you will deal with things from a different perspective. You will step into a different environment and have contact with a different group of people.” While listening to him, I realized that this was a hint from Master to break through myself and remove the idea that I couldn't do the job. Actually, as a Dafa disciple, there is nothing I could not do. So I replied, “Okay, I'll take it!”
I have now been the regional manager for three years, and have worked at the company for four years. All of the staff have withdrawn from the Communist Party organizations, and know the truth about Dafa. During the poor economy, I used the wisdom granted by Dafa, and my sales results broke new records and were far ahead of the other marketing departments in the company. I have been highly praised by my boss and received four raises. My employees work enthusiastically, are modest to one another, and maintain stable minds. On my office wall, I put up a poster with “Falun Dafa is Good” to celebrate the new year. When the general manager inspected our marketing division, he saw our atmosphere and delightedly said, “You're my best and most promising market!” All of us benefited from Dafa and are illuminated by the Buddha light!