My Understanding of “When it’s Impossible to Do, You Can Do It"
"'When it’s difficult to endure, you can endure it. When it’s impossible to do, you can do it.' In fact, that is how it is. Why don’t you give it a try when you return home. When you are overcoming a real hardship or tribulation, you try it. When it is difficult to endure, try to endure it. When it looks impossible and is said to be impossible, give it a try and see if it is possible. If you can actually do it, you will indeed find: "After passing the shady willow trees, there will be bright flowers and another village ahead!" – (Zhuan Falun)
When I recall the tribulations and tests I faced while I was imprisoned, I realized that Master’s words were very true. For example, I was illegally arrested and taken to a forced labor camp in 2001. One day the police gathered all the Falun Gong practitioners in a dining hall and gave everyone a pen, a notebook, and a question. The answer to the question, given by the guards, was “Falun Gong is a cult.” We were told to copy the answer or else… Guards and their henchmen stood by the door examining each person’s answer before the person was allowed to leave. At the time, I was really afraid. The guards were staring at me menacingly, and the inmates assigned to monitor me kept urging me to write, “Quickly! Quickly! You are the only one left.” My head was about to explode. But I was able to calm down. I had only one path, which was returning to my true home with Master. I had no other choice.
So I wrote neatly, “Falun Gong is not a cult, it is a righteous Fa.” I handed it to a guard. My heart beat rapidly when the guard read my answer. I was not calm. But the police officer did not say a word and let me pass. I believe that even though I was afraid and did not ask Master for help, my xinxing conformed to the requirement of the Fa at my level; so Master did not allow the evil to persecute me. I passed the test with Master’s help.
Again at the prison, in 2004, broadcasts that defamed Falun Dafa and Master were heard through the loudspeakers. Several of us practitioners shouted together, “Falun Dafa is good” to eliminate the evil. The inmates that were assigned to monitor us choked us and stuffed mops into our mouths. The guards came and angrily said, “Everyone now gets four months added to their sentences. What are you trying to do, start a revolt? Tell them to broadcast it again and see who dares to shout again!” Two inmates stood next to each practitioner, holding their arms. When the broadcast started again, we shouted with all of our power. We didn’t care about being choked or having our mouths covered. Moreover, more practitioners joined in, some even charged toward the gate. The guards panicked and reported back to the station. In a short while over twenty guards arrived and a head guard said to us, “Don’t be nervous, relax. Take it easy this afternoon, have a rest.” I believe that Master was encouraging us through his words. We passed this test with Master’s help. Since then, the guards have not broadcast those evil things again.
Another example is as follows: a guard forced me to wear an inmate name tag. They told the inmates monitoring me to pin one on my clothes every day. I usually threw them away. One day, an inmate told me, “You have thrown your tag away again. I swear I won’t let you use the restroom all day.” When I tried to go to the restroom with the rest of the people, she dragged me back to the room. I said to Master in my heart, “Master, I am a Dafa disciple, and I won't wear the inmate tag. I will go to the restroom as soon as they come back. I will not wait long. Please help me.” When other people came back, I was told to go to the restroom right away as if nothing had happened. I passed another test.
There were many such incidents; I will not list them all. On previous occasions, if I had treated them with human notions, I would have felt that I had no choice but to follow the guards' orders. But when I followed the requirements of the Fa, there was a path for me. In a dream, I stood at the bottom of a cliff. I wanted to go up but there weren’t any stairs. Just when I thought that I needed to go up, a staircase appeared.
I realized that as long as my righteous thoughts are firm and I believe in Master and the Fa when facing tribulations or hardships, it will indeed be: “When it’s impossible to do, you can do it." After I passed such tests, my fear diminished a little, my xinxing improved some, and my righteous thoughts became stronger. It truly was as Master said: “After passing the shady willow trees, there will be bright flowers and another village ahead!"