[Celebrating May 13] My Job As a Receiving Clerk on a Construction Site
(Minghui.org) My wife and I are in our 60s. We began to practice Falun Dafa in the spring of 1998. Before that, we were both very sick and had tried all kinds of treatment. My wife had lost her will to live.
In the spring of 1998, both of us learned Falun Dafa. Great and compassionate Master Li Hongzhi saved us from hell and purified our bodies and minds. We experienced Falun Dafa's extraordinary profoundness and Buddha's infinite grace. All of our diseases were cured. My wife took off the hat that she had worn all the time. She was able to wash her hair with cold water even when the weather was cold. In the last 15 years, we have been very healthy, without the need to see any doctor or take any medicine.
“A Plum Job”
We cultivate Truthfulness-Compassion-Forbearance. We follow Master Li's teaching. As good people, we will keep cultivating until we attain the righteous enlightenment of selflessness and altruism.
In 2003 and 2004, a relative of mine contracted to construct a big factory building. He wanted someone honest to be the receiving clerk and hired me. So I worked for him as a receiving clerk as well as cashier. The construction materials that came in included gravel, sand, cement, and reinforcing bars. I could have easily have gotten 30,000 to 50,000 yuan as a receiving clerk on a construction contract of a million yuan like that one. Many people thought I had gotten a real "plum" of a job.
The gravel was shipped in trucks that carried dozens of cubic meters, each load valued at over 1,000 yuan. In the busy time, I worked around the clock and had to ask someone else to help weigh the load before I issued the receipt. Generally we would pay the vendor based upon the amount on the receipt after we received payment for the construction contract. Vendors had found ways to get paid more by treating the receiving clerk to meals or offering kickbacks. Many brought me "red envelopes" of 1,000 yuan and asked for an extra receipt. I refused to take the envelope or give an extra receipt. I understood that I must take fame and gains lightly to cultivate Truthfulness-Compassion-Forbearance. I had to follow Master Li's teaching and never add fuel to the flames of today's moral decline.
A Truck Owner Came to See Me
Once a truck owner complained to his truck driver, “Why didn't you bribe the receiving clerk?” The driver answered, “I couldn't. He won't accept any money. He said he cultivated Falun Gong, and his Master told him not to.” The owner laughed, “I don't believe it. Who doesn't like money? I'll go talk to him myself!” The owner came and gave me a lecture, “Don't be silly. Who in such a position does not take gifts nowadays?” I answered, “I am a [Falun Dafa] practitioner. I must follow Truthfulness-Compassion-Forbearance. Human morality is declining a thousand miles a day, but I cannot fan the flames. I must always be a good person, a better person, and a superior person.” He said, “Well, I admire you. In this society, people value money more than they value their parents. You Falun Gong people are good. Your Master is great for producing good students like you. I'll also practice Falun Gong some day.”
A Cement Tank Driver Came to See Me
One evening, a cement delivery tank arrived. The driver gave me a stack of money wrapped in a newspaper and said. “This is my gift to you. No matter what, you have to take it today. It's the foundation for our future cooperation.” I said, “I've told you more than once that I absolutely cannot accept this. Don't worry about our cooperation! If we use cement, we will definitely use yours. I guarantee I will not give you a hard time for not giving me a gift.” We pushed the stack of money back and forth for a few times. I didn't know how much money it was, but I was resolute that I would not accept it. He asked me before he left, “How can I thank you?” I replied, “You should thank my Master. It is he who teaches me this.”
A Delivery Clerk Came to See Me
A female delivery clerk once said to me, “So you don't take gifts and you won't be wined and dined. Your Master does not allow it. I won't give you a hard time. I will just buy you something for daily use. This is not about gifting. It's about making friends.” She bought me a set of cooking ware. I said, "Thank you! I must pay you.” I insisted on paying her despite her protests.
“I Trust No One But Falun Gong”
I went to a steel market to order a large quantity of prefabricated components. Each component cost 3.50 yuan. The vendor asked me when he printed the receipt, “What unit price do you want me to put on the receipt?” I said, “Isn't it 3.50?” He answered, “Yes, I only charge you 3.50. But it's common practice to write a bigger number on the receipt so you can pocket the difference.” I said, “Please write the amount you actually charge. I practice Falun Gong and cultivate Truthfulness-Compassion- Forbearance. My Master tells me to be a good person everywhere.” He said, “Really? I can't believe there are still good men like you.”
I went to his store to order construction materials on another occasion. We hadn't received the payment for the contract yet, but we needed the materials right away. I rented a truck and went to his store. What we needed cost over 6,000 yuan, but I had only 3,000 yuan with me. I said, “I have the truck here. If you trust me, please load the material so the construction won't be delayed...” Before I could finish explaining, he answered, “No problem. In today's society, I trust no one but Falun Gong.”
Falun Dafa Practitioners Are Virtuous
My relative asked me to escort a shipment of lumber to another city. It was the truck driver who decided where to stop to eat. At one stop, two prostitutes came in and tried to seduce us. The driver asked me, “Let's have some fun today. They are not expensive.” I refused. He asked, “Why? No money? I have the money!” I said, “I practice Falun Gong. I'm not interested.” The prostitutes left.
Cultivation is about eliminating the bad attachments. When the attachments are eliminated, a cultivator takes reputation, gain, emotion, lust, and anger lightly. He will be regarded as a good person who is honest and has integrity.