Daycare Teacher: Following Dafa's Teachings Makes Me an “Extraordinary Teacher”
(Minghui.org) My family members started to practice Falun Dafa in July 1996 and benefited greatly from this cultivation practice. Inspired by the positive changes I saw in them, I started cultivating when I was 22 years old.
Dafa Teaches Kindness
As an employee in a daycare center, I deal with kids every day and have to be patient. I always keep in mind the Falun Dafa principles of Truthfulness-Compassion-Forbearance and treat these children with kindness. I hold them, pay close attention to their needs, and help them get used to being in a new environment.
Then, I teach these youngsters to have a heart of kindness and think of others' needs first when doing things. Seeing this, the parents have developed a lot of respect for me.
When one of the parents tried to give me a gift, I politely told her that I don't accept gifts (Note: In China, giving gifts to teachers is common, but is often meant to seek preferential treatment). She was curious and asked me why I behaved differently than other teachers. I told her that I treat everyone with kindness because I practice Falun Dafa. She was shocked, as she had heard a lot of negative things about the practice from the state-run media propaganda.
I explained that Falun Dafa teaches people to follow the principles of Truthfulness-Compassion-Forbearance and the things she saw on television were fabricated to defame Falun Dafa and cover up the persecution. I pointed out that the practice has been welcomed around the world and is only banned in mainland China.
Ignoring the Persecutors
During the first few years after Falun Dafa was banned, I was taken to a brainwashing center because I refused to give up my belief. After I was released, the 610 Office pressured my manager to move me from my teaching position to doing odd jobs.
Then, one day, the person in charge of the daycare informed me that I would be reassigned to my teaching position. I found out that the parents collectively wrote a letter to the person in charge because the children missed me. The head of the department was touched and reinstated my position.
I had been awarded the title of “extraordinary teacher” many times before 1999, the onset of the persecution of Falun Dafa. When the persecution began, I was disqualified.
Although my name was not on the list of candidates, my colleagues wrote me in on the ballot. They told me that they believed that only I was qualified to carry that title. The managers were not happy about this because the persecution was rampant, and they were afraid of being implicated.
Nothing made me change, and I continued to display the goodness of a practitioner. So, the person in charge of the daycare center said, “The upper-level management will not grant you the title of extraordinary teacher, and I cannot do anything about that. But here in our daycare center, I have the last word. I will rank you as an extraordinary employee every year!”
A few years later, the new head of the daycare center asked that I be awarded the official title of extraordinary teacher. The head of the upper levels said,“But she practices Falun Gong!”
“What's wrong with that? I only look at how well she does her job,” our new head responded.