(Minghui.org) Several years ago, I ran away from home to get away from an abusive husband. I started a small shoe repair business to make a living. My life was full of sorrow, loneliness, resentment, and fear of my husband.
Two people came to my shoe repair stand in 2011. Instead of getting their shoes repaired, they chatted with me about the persecution of Falun Gong and the disasters the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) is responsible for.
I could sense that they sincerely wanted me to have a good future, and I quit the CCP and it affiliates. After that, I learned more about Falun Gong and Falun Gong practitioners. Eventually I became a practitioner.
As my understanding of the causes of happiness and pain in life progressed with my cultivation, my attitude toward life changed. I stopped being resentful about the wrongdoings others had done me. All I wanted to do now was to cultivate and return to my true self.
I often tell my customers the facts about Falun Gong while they wait for me to finish fixing their shoes. I also tell them all about the persecution. Most people believe what I say.
An elderly lady once brought her shoes to be fixed. She sold vegetables in an open market for a living. I told her to remember and recite “Falun Gong is good, Truthfulness-Compassion-Forbearance is good,” as doing so would generate positive energy and improve her life. She also took some printed materials about the facts of Falun Gong. She was illiterate, so she said that she would ask her husband to read them to her.
This lady had a hard life. She lived in poverty. She was renting a piece of land to grow vegetables to sell to support her and her paralyzed husband.
The landlord was about to terminate their lease without returning her deposit. I shared with her the teaching on loss and gain discussed in Zhuan Falun, the main book of Falun Gong.
She was frequently reciting the sentences I had told her. She told me that her husband was able to move some parts of his body a month later.
She visited me at my stand again three months later. Such problems she had. Her landlord had stolen all the vegetables she had grown, leaving her with nothing to live on!
We talked about loss and gain, again based on my understanding of the Falun Gong teachings. In the end, she said she felt fine and was no longer angry at the landlord.
About a month later, an elderly man came to my stand, followed by this woman. She introduced him as her husband.
Besides having his shoes repaired, the couple wanted to thank me for telling them about Falun Gong.
“My husband was paralyzed for many years,” she said. “When I started reciting 'Falun Gong is good, Truthfulness-Compassion-Forbearance is good' several months ago, he also started to recite these sentences. Now, look at him--he has recovered! My entire family is reciting these sentences. We are here today to express our gratitude to you.”
I told her that it was the founder of Falun Gong, Master Li Hongzhi, who was responsible for her husband's improvement. She and her husband both expressed their gratitude to Master Li.