Using Falun Dafa's Principles as Guidance for My Daily Life
(Minghui.org) I am a retired teacher and I have been practicing Falun Dafa since 1996. Dafa has improved my morality and elevated the realm of my life. It is Dafa that has purified my mind and heart, and Dafa guides me in my daily life.
Giving Up the Opportunity of Getting an Apartment
Many years ago, when I was still working, the employees at my school often had the chance to get an apartment allocated by the local authorities. I was eager to get one when my turn came around.
I lived on the east side of the city, but my school was on the west side. It was a long commute to work. In addition, school started early and finished late in the evening. The long work day and long commute was really hard for me. The new apartment was very close to the school and it was spacious. I really wanted to get it.
But then the headmaster talked to me one day and asked if I could give up this opportunity, because of the short supply of properties available.
It wasn't easy for me to make the decision to give it up. In fact, the price of that apartment has drastically increased in recent years and I continued to spend long hours commuting every day.
But with Dafa's guidance, I don't regret my decision at all.
Not Concerned about Being Promoted
There was an opportunity for a skilled teacher to be promoted to a higher position in our school one year. This was a rare opportunity and the honor is very valuable. But the number of promoted teachers was only one in each subject.
I had the opportunity to be promoted this time, but I resisted the temptation of reputation and personal interest, and gave the opportunity to another colleague who really wanted the promotion. Many people in the school were impressed with my decision.
I applied for a promotion another time, but was blocked again. The school leadership also asked me not to appeal their decision. I was a bit annoyed by the situation, but I reminded myself that I am a Dafa disciple and should be a person who assimilates to the principle of Truthfulness-Compassion-Forbearance at all times.
I calmed down and said to the headmaster with a smile, “Don't you remember that I cultivate Truthfulness-Compassion-Forbearance? Don't worry, I won't appeal the decision.”
Returning Extra Tutoring Fees
I used to be a science teacher and taught final-year students in a secondary school. Since I began practicing Falun Dafa in 1996, I no longer charged students for extra tutoring.
A teacher asked me to give an extra lesson one day, but I didn't know that it was to be a paid engagement. So when the teacher gave me the money later on, I felt very embarrassed. Teaching students well is my obligation, and I felt that charging them money for extra lessons was not right.
As a cultivator, I felt awful taking the money, so I bought some pens and gave them out to the students. I thought that if I returned the money to the students, they might not resent other teachers who charge them money for extra lessons.
Eliminating My Resentment Towards My Mother-In-Law
My mother-in-law took me to see the rooms she'd prepared for me before I got married in January 1988.
One room had a terrible smell, with over a dozen chickens running around. The other room was very small and dirty. She asked me if they were all right for my wedding.
I held back my tears, and just nodded. Her words and behavior hurt me deeply. This kind of humiliation made me hate her.
In fact, she was doing quite well financially, as she was an official in our local government. Because of my strong resentment towards my mother-in-law, my health also suffered and I was unable to get pregnant for seven years.
Needless to say, we didn't live with her after we got married.
After I began to cultivate in Falun Dafa, my resentment was gradually dissolved. My ability to endure grew over time. I went from forcing myself to endure, to now treating my mother-in-law kindly, without any resistance.
Dafa has resolved lots of my family conflicts and our big family is happy and harmonized.
I moved to a different city after I retired. I also wanted my mother-in-law to live with us, as she is over 80 years old. But she has been living on her own for so long that she didn't want to move in with us.
I discussed the situation with my husband, and we decided to buy her an apartment in the same neighborhood as ours, which cost us about one million Yuan.
My mother-in-law was very excited and said to me, “Your kindness to me is from the bottom of your heart. I should treat you the same.”
She later told me that she wanted to give all of her savings to us. I kindly refused. But at the same time, I was also very happy about the trust she has in me now.
I sincerely thank Master Li Hongzhi, the founder of Falun Dafa, who has helped me remove my resentment and let my heart be filled with the light of Truthfulness-Compassion-Forbearance.