Some Thoughts from a Pair of Shoes

A Dafa Disciple

PureInsight | March 17, 2016

[] About two or three years ago, I participated in a meeting to exchange experiences among practitioners in the countryside. All practitioners had a lively discussion on Fa-rectification and made improvements based on the Fa. All the while, I had been sitting in the corner without shoes.

After the meeting, I rode my tricycle wearing a new pair of shoes. The home owner had said that someone had taken the wrong pair of shoes and had specifically asked me about mine. I said that these were definitely mine; I had just purchased them a few days ago. Then I left on my tricycle.

Without thinking too much, I went to another practitioner’s home. He told me that the home owner had called him twice, saying that I had taken the wrong shoes. I felt bad and said, “I really don’t have the wrong shoes.”

Back at home, negative thoughts came out, such as “Did they want my new shoes?” Later, I realized that it didn’t make sense. Even ordinary people wouldn’t want other people’s shoes, let alone practitioners. Although they were new, they weren’t worth much. I felt very uncomfortable and thought that someone might try to harm me. A few days later, I thought that I had improved by not taking offense at that practitioner.

Later, other practitioners told me that someone had actually taken away a pair of old shoes that day and had left a pair of new shoes behind. The owner had felt bad and had been trying to help locate the shoes.

Through this incident, I realized that most of the time, when we feel that we have a high Xinxing level by not arguing with another practitioner or with ordinary people; we’ve probably already distorted the other person’s intentions. It is due to our own concept. Even if we think we can keep our Xinxing standard, we still have lots to improve.

I identified two types of problem: the first is that we had improved ourselves when other people hadn’t treated us well; the second is that we had felt that other people were bad, due to misunderstandings, when they had actually been good.

Twelve years ago, I had also been responsible for transmitting documents among practitioners. I found that it was the hardest job in an ordinary environment. One day, my work partner didn’t come, due to relocation and I was left with the whole job to myself. I was so exhausted that I had to seek help from another practitioner, who picked up the documents.

However, the entrusted practitioner turned the facts upside down in a relayed message, causing a big upheaval.

In daily practice, we should know the truth of matters in order to avoid unnecessary misunderstandings.

We should face everything calmly to reduce misunderstandings, rumors and obstacles in our environment by upholding the truth. It is also a good way to rectify the Fa.


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