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A Different Teacher’s Day

December 20, 2016 |   By Xiu Xin, an 80-year-old Falun Gong practitioner in Chongqing, China

(Minghui.org) This year, all teachers from our school district were gathering to celebrate Teacher’s Day as usual, but I wasn't going to attend.

I didn't participate last year either because I told myself that most of my former colleagues knew about Falun Dafa and had withdrawn from the Communist Party and its affiliated organizations, so there was no need for me to go. I felt good about the decision.

However, after sending righteous thoughts the night before the event, I felt restless and couldn't sleep. I kept thinking about how a former colleague had chastised me in front of many people at a Teacher’s Day event three years earlier for something that had happened more than two decades ago.

As a Falun Dafa practitioner, I hadn't defended myself or responded to the attack. Yet, I was upset and regretted that I hadn't fought back in the face of the woman's insults.

Why was I having a flashback?

I studied the Fa and looked inward to see if I had any attachments that I could not let go. I found that I was competitive and had attachments to saving face and sentimentality.

Because I felt hurt, I realized that I was holding on to these attachments, which I thought were long gone. Although it was difficult, after studying the Fa intensely, I calmed down.

Master said in Falun Gong:

“ A practitioner should not only exercise self-control when he is in a conflict and is insulted to his face, but should also have a generous attitude and even be grateful to the other party. How could you improve your character if you didn’t have that incident with the other person? How could the black matter be transformed into the white matter? How could you develop your gong?”

I realized that, although I thought I had eliminated these attachments, only the top layers were gone. Last year, I used an excuse not to attend and thought that my decision had been correct.

However, cultivation is a serious matter, and I had to be honest with myself. When I looked deeper, I realized that I had been fooling myself. The real reason for not joining the event was because I was afraid I would be yelled at and hurt again.

When I understood this, I felt really grateful to my former colleague and calmed down. I decided to participate in the Teacher’s Day activities again.

The next day, I went on my way, singing songs from Shen Yun shows. I promised myself that I would fulfill my vow to assist Master, help rectify the world, and save more people.

On arrival, many friends and acquaintances greeted me. Most knew that I used to be very sick and had become well after I learned Falun Dafa. Some of them even asked me for information about Dafa. It felt as if they were expecting me.

I talked to some people about Dafa and succeeded in getting them to withdraw from the CCP. I soon ran out of pamphlets and regretted that I hadn't brought more. People seemed to long for the information.

On the way home, I met one of my husband’s former colleagues, who was also a teacher. She said, “I heard you practice Falun Dafa and became very healthy and can do a lot of housework. It was hard for me to imagine. I really wanted to see you. I prayed to my God that I would see you today, and here you are. I am so thankful.”

She then said, “You look so good. You walk with a spring in your step, look very kind, and have great posture for an eighty-year-old. Falun Dafa is wonderful.”

She then said she had decided to learn Dafa and asked for my help. I promised to give her a copy of Zhuan Falun.

I soon ran into another acquaintance, who commented that I looked very nice and healthy. I told her that I practiced Falun Dafa and explained the practice.

After our conversation, she withdrew from the CCP. Before we parted, she said, “I am a retired bureaucrat. Thank you for telling me the truth. It has changed my opinion.”

I was filled with joy about the events of the day.

This Teacher's Day was so different. Why did people seem to like me so much this year? It is interesting that the woman said it was a divine arrangement that she met me.

I knew that it was because I had listened to Master, let go of my human attachments and self, and went out to save people. Also, people are awakening during this final stage of Fa-rectification and want to be saved.

In fact, everything was arranged by Master. What a wonderful Teacher’s Day!