Cultivation at Work

Xiao Xiao (A new practitioner in Mainland China)

PureInsight | July 19, 2010

[] I was working at a homewares shop and there was a new lady who joined the staff. Our boss said that she had a lot of experience with design and decoration. However, I found out later that it wasn’t the case.

One day when this new lady was selling products, she wasn’t doing it properly. She wanted to gain more profit by deceiving the customers. I said to her, “Why did you sell the towel for a higher price?” All the customers then left. I explained to her the way I sold things, but she didn’t accept it. I said that it’s not good to deceive the customers but she said, “But, I can earn more money that way.’’ We then ended our conversation because a customer came in.

I realised later that I have a strong desire of struggle in my heart. Just like what Master said, “Another scenario is that some people are just attached to their own things and don’t let go. You just don’t let it go, and it is so deeply concealed that even when you have realized it you still don’t want to let it go. As soon as it’s hit upon, you immediately evade it and don’t want to give it further thought.” (“Teaching the Fa at the Western U.S. Fa Conference”)

A customer came in and asked the price of a bracelet. I said, “The minimum price would be $20.” The customer then admonished me saying that the other lady said that the minimum price should be $18 but I had changed the price to $20. I felt very frustrated at that moment and I said that our boss had set the minimum price to be $20. The new lady then said to the customer that she was a new employee working at the shop and hadn’t known the correct price. I thought about it for a while and I realised that I did the same thing as that lady. I always thought that I was a very lenient person until I noticed that I wasn’t so lenient. I had wrongly criticised the new lady. I had not studied the Fa well.

When studying the Fa at home, I read, “When you think that another person hasn’t done well, when you can’t get over it in your mind, you should think about it: ‘Why is my mind troubled by this? Does he really have a problem? Or is it that there’s something wrong deep inside me?’ You should think about it carefully. If you indeed don’t have any problem and what he did is really problematic, you should tell him with kindness, and that won’t lead to conflicts. It’s guaranteed. If the other person isn’t able to understand it, that is his own problem. What you have said is said.” (“Teaching the Fa at the Western U.S. Fa Conference”)

I remembered the argument that I had with the new lady at the housewares shop, and I realized that I had held her to a high standard when she was only an ordinary person. Our Master had arranged for her to work with me in the shop and I still argued with her. I was always very proud of the way I sold products in front of her. However, this was a strong attachment rather than a positive attitude towards both the lady and myself according to the standard of Fa. I realised then that I needed to be more lenient rather than having a narrow heart. I felt very guilty in front of our Master!

If there is anything in my article that is not consistent with Fa, fellow practitioners please kindly point it out!

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