(Minghui.org) When I read Master Li’s (the founder of Falun Dafa) article, “A Stern Warning,” I was shocked.

“The final moment that will determine whether or not Dafa disciples can fulfill their own missions isn’t far off. As for where you will end up, you’d better look out for yourself! Dafa disciples live in this world so as to cultivate themselves well and do a good job in fulfilling the historic mission of assisting Master in saving people; today’s human society still exists precisely because it’s been left for Dafa to save people. Are you still not clear on this?!” (“A Stern Warning,” Team Blue Translation)

I searched within and measured myself in accordance with Master’s words.

It has been more than a year ago that my husband passed away. I hid my tears from my children when I saw his empty space at the dining table. During the Chinese New Year and other festivities, I missed him even more. I thought of him during rainy days, when we would do the exercises, and study the Fa together, and the memories made me sad. I thought of visiting his grave during the anniversary of his death, but chose not to after I understood a Fa principle.

I made excuses with an everyday people’s principle, “It’s not easy to let go after being husband and wife for more than 50 years. Take your time.” I struggled to do the exercises and study the Fa, let alone clarifying the truth. I was submersed deep in this feeling of “our love is as deep as the ocean.” I forgot I was a Dafa practitioner.

Master warned us,

“Those who are attached to affection for family will definitely be burned, entangled, and tormented by it. Pulled by the threads of affection and plagued by them throughout their lives, they will find it too late to regret at the end of their lives.” (“Cultivators’ Avoidances,” Essentials For Further Advancement)

I was entangled in sentimentality and failed to fulfill my vow. I used an ordinary people’s notion to cover my attachment. It hurt my cultivation and wasted time that should have been spent telling others about Dafa. How could I go home with Master if I continue like this? 

I memorized “A Stern Warning” that same day. I should always keep this article in my mind, cut off my emotional ties, be a genuine Dafa disciple, do the three things well, and go home with Master.

I wrote a poem about my experience.

After being a Dafa disciple for 26 yearsI’ve stood straight despite the pressure of persecutionBut I felt like falling apart after my husband’s passingAnd the demon of sentimentality often blocked my cultivation path Master's “A Stern Warning” woke the discipleI cut off my emotional ties and my true self was revealedTime won’t wait for me on my mission of assisting MasterKeep the heart of cultivation I once had and continue on my path