Our Behavior Impacts People's View of Falun Dafa
(Minghui.org) I live in an area that flooded whenever it rained hard and it was difficult for pedestrians to walk, so I made a temporary path with bricks whenever it rained. Though it seemed like a small act, it impacted many people and they told me that I was a good man. I told them that I learned from the teachings of Falun Dafa to be considerate of others.
Master said, “Qigong practice requires one to value virtues, do good deeds, and be kind. One should conduct oneself this way in everything and under all circumstances.” (Zhuan Falun)
Later, to resolve an issue that affected my own business, I had to change the drainage system in that particular part of the road. Rather than just a minor fix, which would have worked for my purposes, I decided to dig out a well that completely resolved the drainage problem. This had a big impact on the people who lived in that neighborhood.
When a cadre who lived on the first floor told me that I did a great job, I smiled and said, “Please remember “Falun Dafa is good, Truthfulness-Compassion-Forbearance is good! You will be blessed.”
This time he listened to me. Prior to that, when I was clarifying the facts to him, he gave me a cold shoulder. Now he goes out of his way to greet me.
Making It Easier to Talk about Falun Dafa
Nowadays people are selfish and seldom do things for others. When you do something that impacts others, it gets their attention. This makes talking to them about Falun Dafa much easier. I'm not saying to go out and search for good things to do, I'm talking about paying attention when you see others in need.
There was a lady who was responsible for cleaning the roads. She greeted me every time she saw me. She was friendly because I would clean the road in front of my store. I said to her, “When you see Falun Dafa brochures, please do not throw them away. Put them somewhere for others to pick up and read them.” She agreed to do so.
When I clarified the facts to her and talked to her about quitting the Chinese Communist Party (CCP), she was very receptive. She said, “Seeing what a good person you are, I know this is a wonderful practice.”
I told her to tell her family and friends to remember “Falun Dafa is good! Truthfulness-Compassion-Forbearance is good!”
A retired cadre living in our building, who used to give me a strange look and turn his head whenever he saw me, changed and said, “You are a good person, I admire you. You are always kind, and have done many good things for other people. Can I also learn Falun Dafa?”
Behavior of a Practitioner Represents Dafa
I am a businessman, I often have drivers delivering goods to me. When it was hot in the summer, the drivers would be perspiring. I would bring them a bottle of water. They were always touched and wished me well in my business. I often took the opportunity to tell them about Falun Dafa and help them quit the CCP. Most of them would quit.
Years ago I lived in an old building. The garbage chute would get clogged from time to time. Others turned a blind eye to it, but I would always stop and clear the clog. I think it is important to develop the habit of thinking of others.
People might not know the beauty of Dafa, but they notice how we behave, and how they are treated. Therefore, no matter where we are, when our actions are nobler, our truth-clarification efforts become easier.
A practitioner mentioned that an elderly practitioner went to a farmer's market to buy vegetables. He spent a lot of time picking out only the good vegetables. The merchant was not happy with him and when the practitioner reminded the merchant that “Falun Dafa is good” the vendor waved him off. He was not saving people but giving them a bad impression of Dafa.
When I buy vegetables, I never bother to pick up only good ones. Those vendors get up very early and leave very late. I feel it's not easy for them to make a living. So I just grab a bunch of veggies without caring whether some are not the best. One time when I was buying a potato. I picked one with a black spot and put it into my bag. The vendor noticed and said I should not take that one but I told her I can cut that little spot off.
She had a good impression of me because of my attitude and behavior. I asked her to remember “Falun Dafa is good, Truthfulness-Compassion-Forbearance is good” so she would have a good life. She said that she believed me.
Of course, we should not go to extremes and intentionally select bad produce. But one's state of mind should not be on loss and gain.
There was a large pothole in the road. It was getting worse and no one was taking care of it. After a rain, pedestrians would stumble into it an get their shoes and slacks wet. I took the time to repair it. A fruit stand vendor watched me the entire time. He said I was the nicest man he had ever known.
I thought I should validate the Fa instead of myself and said, “Whoever practices Falun Dafa would do what I just did.” I told him more about Falun Dafa and he nodded in agreement.
A police officer came to my store to harass me, I said to him: “Feel free to ask anyone in this community about me. They all believe I am a good person who has helped the community time and time again.” He quickly left.
All these little acts of kindness felt trivial when I thought about them, but if every one of us can demonstrate our high moral values in the community where we live and work we could make those around us happier and show people that Falun Dafa is good.