Turning a Bad Thing into a Good Thing
(Minghui.org) I am a 73-year-old living in the countryside. I began to practice Falun Dafa in March 1998. Before I practiced, I had a herniated disc in my lower back and was unable to get out of bed. I also suffered from many other illnesses, including an insufficient supply of blood to my heart. All of my illnesses were cured after I began practicing Falun Dafa. I am grateful and want everyone to know the goodness of Dafa.
My pension suddenly stopped in May 2018. Word spread quickly in the village and everyone was curious about what had happened; it became a hot topic of conversation. I understood that as a Falun Dafa practitioner, if the pension belonged to me, I would get it. My children, however, would not let it be. They said that they paid taxes and insurance to support the social welfare system. They asked me to find out why I was no longer receiving my pension.
I went to the local police station and found out that my residential registration was suspended; this only happens if a person is deceased. They told me I needed to get a letter from my village committee stating that I was still alive. I needed to visit several related government branches with my residential and ID card for approval. Then I could renew my registration and receive my pension again.
However, I had never owned an ID card. Some villagers suggested I should stay at the related branches to protest. Some suggested I sue the village committee, local government, and police station. Some insiders told me that it was my daughter-in-law that had my residential registration suspended.
My daughter-in-law was the director of the village women's association. She wanted to join the Chinese Communist Party (CCP), however, the local government told her she couldn't join because I practiced Falun Dafa. So she told the municipality that I had died, and they canceled my residence registration. Ironically, she was still unable to join the CCP. Some suggested that I should force her to pay me my pension. Everyone had an opinion.
After six months, I still hadn't gone to court. It was a complicated procedure that involved many people, and I did not have time for it. As a Falun Dafa practitioner I have more important things to do. Also, under the current situation in China, the court may not decide the case according to the law.
I went to the police station several times but the officers there gave me various excuses to shift responsibility. Instead of arguing with them, I kindly told them the truth about Falun Dafa. Finally, they promised that they would help me.
I didn't fight with my daughter-in-law, and I did not even confront her. The officer at the village committee told me to sue my daughter-in-law. Some villagers felt that the situation was unfair and asked my daughter-in-law about it directly. She said that the government had stopped my pension because I practiced Falun Dafa.
I found an opportunity to talk to my daughter-in-law. I said, “I became healthy after practicing Falun Dafa. I was able to take over a lot of the work, including your portion of the field. You were able to reap the rewards at the end of the year because I worked your field. It has been over twenty years since I spent any money on my health, saving a lot of money and worry for the family. You all supported my practice of Falun Dafa and were blessed. You all lived a good life.”
She agreed with what I said. I continued, “Falun Dafa teaches people to be good. The CCP brutally persecutes Falun Dafa practitioners. Many people realize the evilness of the CCP and don't want to be implicated as a member, so they choose to quit the Party. Good and evil will always be rewarded accordingly. This is a universal principle. As a parent, I wish my children the best. That was why I wanted to talk to you today.”
Finally, my daughter-in-law said, “Don't worry, I will take your photo and get you an ID card. I will take care of this.”
I heard some of the villages say that I was weak and stupid, and therefore taken advantage of. Some were worried about me and asked how I would live without a pension.
As a practitioner, Truthfulness, Compassion, and Forbearance are my guiding principles. I continued to believe that if something belonged to me, I would get it. I did not want to fight with anyone for it.
In February of this year, my daughter-in-law brought me the ID card and the retroactive pension. I said, “Thank you for taking care of this.” She smiled.
From Master’s teachings, I understand that whatever we encounter, it is always a good thing. The incident with my ID card happened because I practice Falun Dafa. Through this incident, I have a new understanding of Master's Fa. I am so fortunate. I don't worry and have no resentments or complaints. I only wish to be a Dafa practitioner, always in a state of peace. No one says I am stupid anymore. They admire my tolerance.
I tell people everywhere the truth about Falun Dafa. It is my wish that all people become kind, and be blessed by Dafa.