Overcoming My Addiction to Gambling and Finding Real Joy
(Minghui.org) I am an ultrasound technician. I'm 49 years old and have practiced Falun Dafa (also known as Falun Gong) for 19 years. People say I look like I’m in my 30s. Because of practicing Falun Dafa, I live a healthy and happy life.
At the office one day, my co-worker said, “It's nice to work with you. You’ve brought joy to us and made our hearts younger.”
Before practicing Falun Dafa, I was a completely different person. Even though I grew up with everything on track, landed a good job after college, found a loving man to marry, and gave birth to a son, I felt empty inside. I often asked myself: What's my purpose in life?
I felt as if I might as well not have been born! So I drifted with the current, indulged myself, and became addicted to gambling. From 1990 to 1997, I spent my nights away playing mahjong; I gambled away thousands of yuan.
Due to the lack of sleep, I became very thin and pale. I was always exhausted and couldn't finish my housework. I had constant headaches and a bad temper. After work, I was either gambling somewhere or lying in bed at home, even when my relatives were visiting.
I couldn't control myself. I wanted to get rid of the addiction, but didn't know how. My health deteriorated. I developed serious gynecological disorders, and I felt so empty and lost. Yet it was around this time that I was introduced to Falun Gong.
I overheard my coworker praising Falun Gong, so I borrowed the book Zhuan Falun and read 173 pages in one sitting. The teachings in the book resonated with me and I wanted to conduct myself according to Falun Gong's principles of Truthfulness-Compassion-Forbearance.
I found hope in my life. I got rid of my addiction to gambling, and I strived to conduct myself according to the Falun Dafa’s teachings, living by Truthfulness-Compassion-Forbearance and took to considering others first.
Soon, all my diseases were gone and I could sleep soundly through the night. I read Zhuan Falun every day. My life became enriched and my heart was filled with joy.
I used to hate walking, but I began to enjoy it. One winter night, I walked with several other practitioners to a village 15 miles away to distribute truth-clarification materials and got back at 7 a.m. I walked a total of more than 30 miles in one night.
I handle my work very easily now. I see patients for over an hour in the morning, see a few outpatients, or do a few physical exams during the day. I read Dafa books and clarify the facts to my patients. I can see three patients in the same amount of time that others see one. And I can see 40-50 patients in a row without feeling tired.
I am kind to my patients and understand their pain, and they like to share their feelings with me. They are surprised at finding out my age because I look young and am healthier than my younger coworkers. My smile always comes so naturally. Yet I'm simply on passing the joy of Dafa to my coworkers, friends, and family.
When impatience hits me occasionally, I immediately tell myself that I'm a practitioner and must stay kind and patient. I then adjust myself to avoid hurting others. My words and conduct aim to reflect the standard of Dafa disciples, and my coworkers know that Dafa is good!
I sincerely hope those who have not yet understood the truth can take a look at some Dafa materials and listen to what Dafa practitioners have to say. What’s more, if you approach Dafa disciples without any biased opinions or preconceived notions, you will realize something wonderful!