Validating Dafa While Working In a Nursing Home
(Minghui.org) I am a Chinese-American in my fifties. I saw an employment ad from a nursing home last year, saying that they urgently needed a night-shift nursing assistant.
Not everyone can adapt to a night shift because it changes one’s biological clock, so applicants are hard to find. In addition, new hires are usually assigned to the day shift because they cannot learn much during the night shift. After adequate experience and training during the day, some of the newer nursing assistants are then assigned to the night shift. However, after a few overnights, many of them quit because they cannot get used to it.
My situation was the opposite. I was willing to work the night shift so that I could continue helping with Dafa projects during the day.
Six months later, some night shift workers complained to the supervisor about how tired they were and how difficult their jobs were. The supervisor pointed me out as an example and said, “Why is she never tired or complaining?”
I stepped forward and said, “Please don’t compare them with me. I am a Dafa practitioner, and they are not.”
During the flu season, the company asks employees to get flu shots. Anyone who doesn’t must wear a mask at work. When the group leader asked me to get a shot, I told her, “I am not going to get a shot. Dafa practitioners do not get flu shots. Practitioners can recover faster than the ordinary people if they do come down with flu symptoms. When practitioners have fevers, they also recover quickly, without medication, and they have much fewer symptoms than other people.”
When I sometimes worked a late afternoon and evening shift, I chose not to eat dinner, which was provided by the nursing home, because I wanted to lose weight. Most of my co-workers teased me. One concerned worker asked me if I felt hungry, and worried that I might have a gastric disease.
I responded, “I would feel hungry and sick if I did not practice Dafa. My feeling of hunger disappears in just a few seconds, and I still feel good. Don’t worry about me.” My words and actions have had a positive effect on my co-workers. I have given them a good impression of Falun Dafa.
After the supervisor listened to another compliant from a night shift aide, she said to me, “Would you mind finding several other Dafa practitioners to cover the night shift?” That is exactly what I had in mind. Her comment is one of the reasons I wrote this article. Through our conduct, we show people the goodness of Falun Dafa.
Thank you Master Li for Dafa. I also thank all the practitioners who work tirelessly and go to the park in the morning to teach the Falun Dafa exercises and show Master’s nine-day video lectures to groups free of charge.