(Minghui.org) I started practicing Falun Dafa when I was in college. After I was illegally detained, I lost my job. When I applied for a position in this company, I did not immediately share that I was a Falun Dafa practitioner. I thought that once they recognized how valuable I was I would tell them about Falun Dafa.
I heard from coworkers that the boss was a kind and capable person. My boss trusted me and soon assigned me to take on management responsibilities. My coworkers also cooperated and everything went smoothly.
After about a year on the job, when I was reporting to my boss about my progress, I said, “I sincerely apologize that when I interviewed, I did not disclose the fact that I am a Falun Dafa practitioner and was once held in a forced labor camp.” He told me that he knew that already.
It turned out that at the end of the three-month probation period, he had asked his friend at the police department to check my background. He could not understand why, with a graduate degree and once a university professor, I would look for a job in his small company. And I did not a demand a high salary yet did everything very well. When his friend advised him not to hire me to avoid being associated with someone who practices Falun Dafa, he said, “She is not a bad person. She works hard. Why would I not hire her? There is freedom of belief in our company!”
To recognize my contribution to the company, I was awarded a seven-day trip to Southeast Asia at the end of 2010. I was happy and sad at the same time. When I told my boss that I would not be able to go because I could not get a passport due to the persecution of Falun Dafa, he was silent. He then asked if I would want to get out of the country because he could help me. I thanked him and let him know that my mission is in China and I would not go anywhere else. He was shocked by my answer.
Because of his understanding and support of Dafa practitioners, he was blessed. The two branches he opened in a different city were very successful and profitable. Last year, he bought real estate abroad and started doing business internationally.
I have not been considered attractive since I was young. Because I studied hard, I earned a graduate degree. Due to the persecution of Falun Dafa, I could not complete my doctorate.
In recent years, however, many people have complimented me on how young I look and do not believe that I am in my 40s. In fact, I don’t use makeup or take special care of my skin. I do not pursue fashion. I just study the Falun Dafa teachings and do the exercises every day. I improve my character and am kind. Because Falun Dafa cultivates both mind and body, when it manifests on the surface, it makes one look pleasant and full of energy.
Once I went to a store. The owner did not believe that I was the same age as she was. I started from that topic and then talked to her about Dafa. She said she wanted to be my best friend.
A new gate went up in a residential area that I had to pass through on my way to work. If I went around it, it would add more than ten minutes to my commute. I turned around and saw the guard smiling at me. I chatted with him and talked to him about Dafa. He said, “Come back tomorrow, and I will give you a pass.”
The next day, he did give me a pass. He told me, “Yesterday when I met you, I felt you were different from other girls because you speak differently.” I smiled, “I’m already in my 40s and no longer a girl.”
At my high school reunion, my friends complimented me. I told them it was because of Dafa. I asked them to quit the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) and its youth organizations. They all had heard the facts about Dafa, but for different reasons and worries, they did not withdraw. After I talked to them again, they all agreed to quit the CCP.
My youth went sped by. Although I did not become wealthy, I obtained Falun Dafa and I strive to be a better person who contributes to society.