My Experience Working at a Small Clothing Factory
(Minghui.org) It has been more than 20 years since I began to cultivate Falun Dafa while I was still in college. During that time, I've come to a better understanding of the meaning of life, which is to return to one’s original, true self. I no longer fight for fame and profit. Instead, I am carefree and calm.
Learning the Ropes
I started working as an accountant and facility manager at a small clothing factory in 2015. There were over 20 female employees in the factory. At first, I just focused on doing my job well in the office. Later on, I heard people talking about me, saying, “The new accountant is so bad. She doesn’t do anything but sit in the office. She’s no match for the last accountant who often helped us out.” I thought, “I am a cultivator, and I should correct myself when others point out my shortcomings.”
From then on, I started to help out loading and moving boxes every day after finishing my work. I often got really tired. The boss and other employees appreciated my hard work. They came to talk to me and taught me how to do the work. I soon got to know everyone.
Once, a coworker we called "Aunty Chen" scolded me over a minor issue. She went on for a long time and got tired. So she took a rest and then continued to scold me.
Master said, “… a practitioner should refrain from fighting back and always hold himself to high standards.” (The Fourth Talk, Zhuan Falun)
I kept quiet the whole time. My boss came over and said in a low voice, “Don’t take it seriously. She’s just like that.” I smiled back to assure him that I was fine.
At lunchtime, Aunty Chen was trying to put a bottle of pure water onto the dispenser, but it was too heavy. She called for help, but no one reacted. I ran over and said, “Aunty, let me help!” and put the water onto the dispenser. She was touched. From then on, she respected me and treated me as a friend.
Before I told anyone that I practiced Falun Dafa, the workers sometimes talked about it, and all their opinions reflected the propaganda on TV that slanders Falun Dafa. Falun Dafa books are banned in China, and information is blocked on the internet. There’s no way for people to learn the truth about Falun Dafa. I felt bad, listening to them talk. I didn’t know how to explain it to them at the time.
The factory was in financial straits due to poor management. As I got more and more familiar with all kinds of work in the factory, I noticed some management issues and started to get involved in managing deadlines and quality control. I helped out where I could. Although it was very tiring, the work was done much more efficiently, and the quality was improving. The workers appreciated my efforts.
I also helped to solve minor conflicts between the workers and the boss. Many of them preferred to tell me their troubles instead of the boss, because I could understand them and be fair. Sometimes, they quit their jobs because of their complaints about the boss. I called those women and apologized on behalf of the boss. Many said that they would go back to work just because of me, not the boss.
Living by the Standard of a Cultivator
I live according to the standards of a cultivator, treat everyone with a sincere heart, and do my job well. Quite a few coworkers told the boss to increase my salary, although I never mentioned it myself. Master Li (the founder) requires practitioners to get rid of the pursuit of fame and profit and always think first of others.
After I started taking over the management, the factory started to make a profit. A worker from another factory visited our factory, and told me, “You are doing what the factory director does. If I open a factory in the future, I’ll invite you to be the director.” A coworker told me once, “You are the best--no one can compare.” I know that Falun Dafa is, in fact, the best.
One day, the boss's mother came to the factory. She saw me working hard without complaining, that I was even tempered and didn't worry about personal gain. She asked, “Why are you so nice?” I said, “I practice Falun Dafa. Master Li teaches us to follow a high standard.” That was the first time I let it be known publicly that I was a Falun Dafa practitioner.
From then on, no one said anything bad about Falun Dafa. A lot of the workers understood the truth about Falun Dafa, realizing that it is good. Many quit the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) and its youth organizations, including the coworker who used to misunderstand Dafa the most. One even learned the Dafa exercises from me.
My boss once said, “Falun Dafa is indeed good! I used to wonder whether what they said on TV was the truth. There was a male employee in our factory who often beat his wife. After he started practicing Falun Dafa, he never hurt his wife again. Now that I see you, I am convinced that Falun Dafa is great!” I easily convinced him and his wife to quit the CCP.
Later on, I moved to another city and had to leave the factory. The boss and his wife both wanted me to continue to help them manage their factory.
Through practicing Falun Dafa, I’ve gained a healthy body, improved my xinxing, and have a better understanding of the meaning of life.