Young Dafa Practitioner: Discovering the Secret to a Joyous Life
(Minghui.org) I am a young practitioner who was born in 1990 and was introduced to Falun Dafa in 2015. I own a custom furniture store.
Before I practiced Dafa, I was plagued with confusion, made a lot of mistakes, and lost out on too many precious things. I didn’t know what was the true meaning of life. I wondered if death was the end of life, why should one do good deeds and be good; why should there be moral constraints. In my subconscious, I sort of knew that one good return deserves another, and one doesn’t just live one life.
Falun Dafa provided me with a clear path. Truthfulness-Compassion-Forbearance shines through my life and future and I am protected on my cultivation path.
Being a good person is the most basic requirement for practitioners.
Master Li said,
“You should always be benevolent and kind to others, and consider others when doing anything. Whenever you encounter a problem, you should first consider whether others can put up with this matter or if it will hurt anyone. In doing so, there will not be any problems.” (Zhuan Falun)
I meet many people and experience much through my business. Dealing with things by following the Falun Dafa's principles helped me learn how to be a good person and always consider the needs of others when doing anything.
Considering the Needs of Others First
One day, a customer wanted to buy a wardrobe sliding door track. She said that she couldn’t fix hers. So she wanted to buy a new sliding door track. Right before we sealed the sale, she mentioned the noise when the sliding door rubbed the track. Based on my experience, it was fixable without getting a new track as long as you had the right tools.
Therefore, I lent her my professional tools and told her how to fix it. She offered to put down a deposit for borrowing my tools. I didn’t accept it and chose to trust her. She thanked me again and again.
If I hadn't practiced Dafa, I would not have missed the chance to earn money and wouldn’t have lent tools to her for free. She returned the tools after a few days. She said she would come back when she decorates her house.
As a Falun Dafa practitioner, I should consider others. There are a lot of people nowadays who don’t have a righteous mind and are only looking after their own interests.
Letting Go of the Attachment to Profit
A customer recently ordered a wardrobe cabinet. When it was time to install it, the customer said the color of the wardrobe door was wrong. She said she ordered a different color. However, it was not the case, and it’s unusual for people to have different colored doors for the wardrobe. After a lot of discussions, I felt uneasy and indignant in my heart.
However, I am a practitioner and thus should not get angry. I should be a good person. I needed to consider others no matter whose fault it was. Losing a little bit of profit is nothing. We use our wardrobe cabinet every day. If someone doesn’t like it, they will be uncomfortable seeing it every day. Therefore, I told her that she could choose to either exchange it for free or get cash back as a compensation.
After getting rid of my attachment to profit and just being a good person, my mood changed for the better. If I can consider myself as a practitioner when I encounter trouble, my heart suddenly becomes bigger.
Giving a Discount Instead of Fighting
A customer once ordered a custom cabinet door, and there was no problem after the installation. However, after a period of time, she called me telling me that her relative said the doorknob color was not good, and I had to solve the problem for her.
As a practitioner, I went to her house with the attitude of solving the problem. Her relative was there too. The door and doorknob looked just fine to me, not like what her relative said. However, I didn’t want to argue with them, because it wouldn’t solve the problem and only make it worse. I listened to them quietly, but couldn’t figure out a better way to fix it without exchanging it for a new door, which would damage the cabinet. Her relative said that I should give a discount as compensation. I agreed without hesitation, and said, “As long as you are satisfied.”
If this had happened before I practiced Falun Dafa, I wouldn’t have even dealt with it and certainly wouldn’t return her money. I might have said something bad and argued a lot. All the material and installation was decided upon, and there was no quality issue. I had no responsibility to fix her problem.
Not long after that, the customer called me again, ordering a mattress. She told me that I was a nice person. She said that she didn’t have to buy a mattress, but she wanted to compensate me for my loss on the cabinet. I was impressed. Following Falun Dafa's principles and considering others more can actually help me in the long run.
One day, I rode my electronic bike to work. A truck parked on the side of the road and opened its door suddenly and hit my head. I fell to the ground, and my head was bleeding. A passerby gave me some napkins to wipe off the blood. The driver told me to go to the hospital. I knew I shouldn’t bother others because I am a practitioner. I told them that I could deal with it when I got home. Regrettably, I didn’t think of talking to them about Falun Dafa.
When I put up truth clarification fliers, I used to be very casual about it. I taped them on the walls. Then, I realized that when people pulled them off, it would leave marks on the wall, and some of the torn paper would fall to the ground. It would bring trouble for the cleaning staff.
Later on, I stopped taping the fliers and just put them on top of cabinets and counters. I also pick up any trash that I see. As a practitioner, I should consider others more instead of creating a bad impression.
Falun Dafa has given meaning to my life and helped me realize that we should help others and should not be selfish.
All I need to do is to follow the course of nature and walk my path well that has been arranged for me.