(Minghui.org) Before becoming a Falun Gong practitioner in 1997, I had many bad habits. My bad temper caused me to be in many difficult situations, including physical fights. I once gave someone a severe concussion that almost blinded him. My family had to pay his medical costs. They were constantly worried about me.
My life took a positive turn in 1997, however, when I learned Falun Gong. The founder of Falun Gong, Master Li Hongzhi, saved me from all the troubles and tribulations I had. I stopped drinking, smoking, and many other bad habits. I also became gentle and considerate of others. I have changed into a brand new person.
In the past, I competed for personal gain and benefits. When my work unit gave free produce to employees as part of our benefits, I always sorted through everything and picked the biggest and best. Sometimes I even took more than what I was allotted. At work, I avoided hard and dirty jobs. I often skipped work altogether.
Falun Gong taught me the principles of the universe and the real meaning of life. I now take my responsibilities seriously and do it with pride. I work hard to accomplish all the tasks assigned to me. My coworkers like to work with me because I will take the jobs that others avoid.
One person whom I had often bullied started to bully me instead. He stepped on my foot in front of many people one day and continued doing it even when I looked at him. Right before losing my temper, however, I remembered the story of the great general Han Xin that Teacher Li told us in Zhuan Falun.
Han Xin could crawl under his bully’s legs to defuse a conflict. Compared to the insult that Han Xin endured, my scenario was so insignificant. That revelation dissolved my anger, so I said with a smile, “If you’re still upset with me, go ahead and keep stepping on my feet.” He responded incredulously, “You’ve indeed changed after practicing Falun Gong!”
After the onset of the persecution of Falun Gong in 1999, the Chinese Communist Party regime forced practitioners to renounce our faith, but I refused. Because of that, my company fired me. I was incarcerated in a forced labor camp for a year in 2001.
After being released from the labor camp, I found a job at a coal mine. It was a very hard and dangerous job, but I took the opportunity to tell dozens of coal miners about Falun Gong. I also told them to memorize “Falun Gong is good,” and to repeat that to themselves constantly because it could help harmonize their environment.
We used explosives to dig wells. One day, I was working underground in the newly dug well with four other miners. The thick smoke from the explosion was still lingering, and all four lost consciousness when we landed underground. Although I felt dizzy, I remembered that I was a Falun Gong practitioner and that I would be fine. I dragged them one by one to a safe location and saved them.
The lift that was taking us up to the surface suddenly broke one day. The operator screamed, “Jump!” The well was about 60 meters deep, and the lift was still moving. At that critical moment, I helped the others to jump off the lift first, and I was the last to leave the moving lift. Everybody returned home safe and sound that day.
One of my coworkers once stopped a person from taking down a Falun Gong banner. He took the banner from that person while scolding him for taking it down. He then put it on his shoulders and said, “Falun Gong is indeed good!”
My son was admitted to a prestigious university in August 2004. We reserved a restaurant to celebrate with family and friends. However, two days before the ceremony, I was arrested. My wife was unemployed at the time. To support my family and pay for our son’s college expenses, we sold our house, and my wife went out of town to work odd jobs.
Three years of forced labor left me penniless, and we were in deep debt. My extended family and relatives treated me very coldly after I was released, but I did not hold that against them. I could see how much pressure they were under, so I treated everyone with compassion. A few years later, I was able to save enough money to pay back all of our debts.
Our son found a good job after college and also got married. Our daughter-in-law is a very nice person. We do not have anything to give them, but she does not complain at all. They now have their own house, a car, and a lovely child. Our son’s job pays him very well, and our daughter-in-law and her mother run their own business. They treat us very nicely.
My wife has also changed her attitude towards me and Falun Gong. We have our own house and a decent income now.
I give thanks to Falun Gong and Teacher Li for everything that we have now.