Hurry Up and Submit Articles for World Falun Dafa Day: Let Truth-Compassion-Forbearance Shine through Our Stories
(Minghui.org) When this year's “ Notice: Call for Submissions to Commemorate World Falun Dafa Day 2014 ” was published, I thought: “I've submitted two articles in the last two years. They were both published. I've already shared what I have to share. Besides, I haven't done very well in cultivation and in doing the three things in comparison with other practitioners, so what could I report to Master and share with fellow practitioners when I don't even feel I've done well enough myself?” I thought I had nothing to share and decided not to submit an article this year.
As I kept reading the sharing articles on the Minghui website every day and saw the repeated reminders from fellow practitioners, I began to deeply feel that it's a form of dereliction of duty for a Dafa practitioner not to submit an article for such an important occasion.
Master has set the stage for us to showcase our demeanor and bearing, and yet I'm reluctant to get on the stage. With this understanding, I decided that I should write and submit another article this year.
But what should I write about? Two days passed, and I hadn't started. I wasn't even clear why I was hesitating. Then, two little episodes came to mind, and I thought: “All right, I'll write about them as best I can, but I really haven't done very well.” My mind wasn't righteous and my attitude was a bit like I was trying to write something to fulfill an assignment so that I would feel better about myself.
To my surprise, when I started to write, thoughts streamed into my head. Before I could finish one story, the third and forth already appeared in my mind. Before I could finish the third one, the fifth and sixth were ready for me to write about. They were all typical things that had happened to me, my family members, and the people around me.
I eventually wrote seven stories using nearly 3,000 words. If I wrote more, I would have gone over the word limit in the submission requirements, so I stopped, but I felt there were so many stories lined up in my head, waiting for me to choose from.
I was overwhelmed with deep feelings: There are so many stories of validating the Fa. How could I possibly feel that I had nothing to write about? Although they are all small episodes in daily life--unlike more significant incidents--they are all shining golden pieces illuminated by the Buddha light. They are like drops of water, and when gathered together, they can form an ocean.
They are also the manifestation of the power of Dafa in the human world. As Dafa disciples, Master has unconditionally bestowed upon us the immeasurable power of the Buddha Fa, and it's our duty to glorify that power so that the Buddha light can light the paths of more sentient beings who are eagerly waiting to be saved. We have no reason to hold back what we have been given.
The significance of submitting sharing articles is not only to show the demeanor and bearing of Dafa disciples, but to spread the Fa, to validate the Fa, to assist Master in Fa-rectification, and to save people!
Suddenly, I understood: I had regarded the submission as a way of self-validation! I was only interested in writing about things that I thought could validate my cultivation, otherwise, I had nothing to write about and I would not submit anything.
What a terrible notion! Master told us to attain the righteous enlightenment of selflessness and altruism, and yet I was so selfish about such an important issue. It shows that I have done poorly in cultivation and I must do all I can to catch up!
I feel that it's time for me to pay more attention to every single thought I have. If I had detected the thought of “having nothing to write about” when it first appeared, dug it out by its roots, and got rid of it, I wouldn't have wasted so much time hesitating.
I am very grateful for the timely reminder of fellow practitioners who have shared on the Minghui website and the encouragement of practitioners near me, so that I had the opportunity to submit a sharing and to catch up.
I sincerely hope that fellow practitioners who are in a similar state of mind will hurry up and submit sharing articles. It's such an honor to be able to do so!
Aren't we all shining particles of the Fa? It's absolutely not true that we don't have anything to write about. As long as we have the thought to write, Master will help us choose the outstanding episodes in our cultivation so that we can use them to assist Master in Fa-rectification and save sentient beings. The Fa particles tempered in the Buddha Fa definitely shine with Buddha light!
The above is a bit of understanding I have enlightened to on submitting sharing articles. Please kindly point out anything improper.