“I Want to Live Up to the Title of Dafa Disciple”
(Minghui.org) Greetings, esteemed Master and fellow practitioners:
I am a Falun Dafa practitioner from Gayang, Seoul. I am the youngest of seven children from a poor family. Therefore, I have only a few years of education, but I learned to do business at a very young age.
For years, I operated a supermarket. It was not easy, because I had to work hard to establish myself and gain a good reputation. However, it took a toll on my health. I was diagnosed with high blood pressure and bad circulation. I gained a lot of weight and had problems walking. Expensive medication and injections did not help, so I became rather depressed.
I saw a lady doing exercises in April 2009, which aroused my curiosity. I learned the movements, borrowed the book Zhuan Falun from her, and decided to practice Falun Dafa after my first read.
My body changed dramatically. My facial complexion became normal, and I lost a lot of weight. I changed into a healthy and optimistic person. Most of all, I finally understood the meaning of life.
Selling 50 Shen Yun Tickets on First Try
I sold my supermarket in October 2010, and unsuccessfully searched for a suitable location for another market in Seoul. I went to Ilsan for some business in November, and got involved in the Shen Yun promotion there.
Doing sales requires confidence and a good appearance, which I lacked. My first visit was to the a familiar fruit market. A shop owner told me that what I said must be the truth. He bought 30 Shen Yun tickets, and later another 20 tickets as holiday gifts for his staff.
Casting Aside Self-Centeredness
I used much of my spare time clarifying the truth outside the Chinese Embassy. I also attended every Fa study and actively participated in Dafa activities. However, I neglected my family, and my wife told me that I was not a good person. So, she refused to cook for me.
After I exchanged views with fellow practitioners on these issues, I realized that I was self-centered and had ignored my family. I changed course and treated my family well. However, I still needed another job, since I had sold my supermarket. I became a bus driver.
This was an excellent opportunity to tell my passengers and colleagues about Falun Dafa and how I benefited from this cultivation practice. My boss asked me to buy for him two copies of Zhuan Falun, and my colleagues wanted me to teach them the exercises. I also took good care of my family. My wife's attitude changed.
Considering Others' Needs First
In my heart, I knew that I was being impatient and selfish, though I have changed a lot since I began to practice Dafa. My impatience and selfishness displayed itself mostly when I drove the bus. I drove too fast and often violated traffic rules because I wanted to arrive at each stop on time.
The most worrisome thing for a bus driver is when cars suddenly cut in front of the bus. It can easily cause an accident. Therefore, the industry practice for a bus driver is not to let cars cut in.
One day, I suddenly recalled that Master told us to “consider others first.” I asked myself if I had done that. When cars or taxis cut in, there must be a reason for the urgency. Therefore, I began to let cars cut in. To my surprise, I no longer had problems and made better time than before. Although this is a small thing, I really was amazed.
“I also want to tell you that your nature in the past was actually based on egotism and selfishness. From now on, whatever you do, you should consider others first, so as to attain the righteous Enlightenment of selflessness and altruism. So from now on, whatever you do or whatever you say, you must consider others - or even future generations - along with Dafa's eternal stability.” (“Non-Omission in Buddha Nature” in Essential for Further Advancement)
After I had a positive attitude, I was hired by another bus company. The distance between each stop is longer, and there is little opportunity to violate traffic rules. I knew that this was due to Master's compassionate arrangement.
My wife and I purchased a building as an investment. However, sicne this building is to be relocated, we had to ask tenants to move out within a specified time. We promised to return their security deposits afterwards. An elderly woman and her daughter did not have enough money to secure a different rental place, and requested a relocation fee of about $4,000. I wanted to give them the money, but my wife refused. She told me not to get involved and said that she would deal with it.
We had to vacate the building by the end of August, but the matter was not resolved, so my wife asked that I handle it. I gave the elderly woman the security deposit, the relocation fee, and some additional money. I told them that as a Dafa practitioner, I must do what is right.
Dafa Gave Me Hope
Falun Dafa gave me hope and a new life. I am now healthy and have improved my character. My wife agrees that Dafa is good and supports my practicing it. Although I have many shortcomings, I immerse myself in the Fa and strive to do well.
It is not easy to study the Fa diligently, send righteous thoughts on time, tell people about Dafa, do a good job at work and look after my family well. Family members are also sentient beings that we need to save, so I must do everything well. I want to live up to the title of Dafa disciple.