Considering Others First Before Complaining
(Minghui.org) I am 80 years old and began practicing Falun Dafa in 1997. I follow Master Li’s (the founder) teachings and hold myself up to the principles Truthfulness-Compassion-Forbearance.
Master said, “You have to maintain contact with people, be kind to people, and consider others before doing things.” (Lecture at the First Conference in North America)
Although I was in two severe automobile accidents, I recovered quickly both times by following the requirements set by Master.
Falling Out of a Moving Bus
I took the bus to visit a friend in the fall of 2017. As I was getting off the bus at the bus stop, the driver suddenly shut the door. I only had one leg out while the other leg was caught in the door.
I heard a passenger shout, “She hasn’t gotten off the bus yet, but you shut the door!” The driver didn’t pay attention to her and drove off. I ended up being thrown to the ground. The two passengers who had gotten off the bus before me helped me stand up. I was in pain and had trouble standing.
The bus driver eventually realized what had happened, came back, and quickly got off the bus to ask how I was. I thought, “I am a Falun Dafa practitioner. Master asks us to consider others before doing anything. The driver didn’t do it intentionally. If the bus company finds out about this, he will be penalized or even fired. He also needs to take the other passengers to their destinations right now.”
I said to the driver, “I am fine. But make sure you stay focused on the road from now on, as safety should always come first.” He agreed with me.
My legs were in so much pain that I couldn’t walk. One of my friends had to call a cab to take me home.
At home, I had to use a cane. I didn’t want my family to be concerned or give the bus driver a hard time, so I pretended that I had fallen on a slippery surface.
After some time, I thought, “I am a practitioner and I have Master taking care of me. But if the bus company doesn’t instruct its drivers to pay enough attention to safety and the same thing occurs again, it’ll cause unnecessary trouble for others. It would be a big loss for the company and the individuals involved.” I made up my mind to write the bus company a letter to bring this to their attention.
In the letter, I informed them what had happened, without disclosing the bus route or driver’s name. I asked them to focus on training their drivers on safety. I also mentioned that I was a practitioner and that it was Master Li who taught me to be a good person. I ended the letter with the hope that they would remember: “Falun Dafa is good, Truthfulness-Compassion-Forbearance is good!”
After I mailed the letter, I recovered quickly from my injury.
Hit by a Cab
I went to a public bathhouse to bathe in January 2019. As I waited at the bus stop to go home, a cab came up behind me. The driver didn’t put on his brakes in time, hit me, and knocked me down.
The driver got out of his car and asked me, “How are you? Are you hurt?” At that time, my hands were in a lot of pain, but I remembered that Master asks us to always be considerate of others. I thought, "If I go to the hospital, the driver will have to spend time and money. Cab drivers led a difficult life just like everyone else."
I replied, “I'm fine. Please pay more attention to your driving next time. You can go now.” The bystanders all said, “Why are you letting him off the hook? Why didn’t you get his cell number? Or his plate number? You are such a wonderful person!”
At home, my hands swelled up, so my family insisted that I go to the hospital for an x-ray. I had a comminuted fracture. When I was asked to give the driver’s plate and cell number, I said I didn’t ask for it. My family members complained about me, and the hospital staff also thought I was dumb. I smiled, “I am a Dafa practitioner. I don’t mind being silly.”
At home, I insisted on studying the Fa and doing the exercises. I recovered very quickly.
If it were not for Master’s protection, could I, who am in my 80s, have recovered so quickly?
Through these two incidents, I know that my life was sustained by Dafa and Master. From now on, I will be even more strict with myself and follow Truthfulness-Compassion-Forbearance in everything I do. Thank you, Master!