Once a Slacker, Now a Diligent Practitioner
(Minghui.org) I started practicing Falun Dafa in 2012 and became a much better person. I used to be a slacker and often spent my nights out gambling and drinking. I was also frequently in gang fights. At home, I often displayed a bad temper.
I broke a leg in 2009 when I fell from a building trying to escape being arrested for gambling. My health continued to decline, and I became depressed. In 2012, I developed severe headaches. I underwent many exams and tried various medicines, but nothing helped.
When I was at my wits’ end, my sister-in-law told me how wonderful Falun Dafa is. She said it guides people on how to be good, and pointed out that people often benefit just from saying, “Falun Dafa is good” and “Truthfulness-Compassion-Forbearance is good.”
She helped me withdraw from the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) in order to have a brighter future. I then learned how to do the Dafa exercises and read the main book of Falun Dafa, Zhuan Falun. I recovered from all my illnesses quickly. I began practicing Dafa and was happy to become a good person. I gradually gave up smoking, drinking and gambling and also began to help my wife with chores at home. I was a new person!
As a practitioner, I knew that I could no longer continue to lend money on a usury basis. But I did want to collect the money that was owed me. People who knew that I was now a practitioner took advantage of my improved disposition and were late to pay me back. In the past, nobody dared to say no to me. But as a practitioner, I could no longer swear at them or beat them up. I chose, instead, to cultivate forbearance and gave them more time. It was a difficult test for me.
When the government was taking down our village, we were compensated according to the size of our land. The staff in charge of measuring the land offered to report my property as larger than it was. That would have meant much more money for me. Prior to practicing Falun Dafa, I would have gladly accepted, but now I live by Dafa's principles of Truthfulness-Compassion-Forbearance, and understand that a cultivator should always be honest and think of others. I declined the offer.
I also came to understand that practitioners are trying to save people when they clarify the truth about the persecution and encourage them to withdraw from the CCP. I do the same; I always bring along information about Falun Dafa to distribute wherever I go. I also explain the facts about Dafa to my friends.
I have recently started driving fellow practitioners to distribute materials in remote villages. With my knowledge about the surrounding areas, it saves us a lot of time, and we reach many areas that practitioners were not able to get to before.
After seeing the wonderful changes in me, my wife and other relatives have also become Falun Dafa practitioners.