Thinking of Others First When Tragedy Strikes
(Minghui.org) I work as a cook in a restaurant. One summer morning in 2005, I lit the stove and instantly the entire kitchen caught on fire. The restaurant owner's wife was with me, and the apron she was wearing caught on fire.
My wife practices Falun Dafa. She had often told me to say “Falun Dafa is good; Truthfulness-Compassion-Forbearance is good” and to always think of others first. My first thought was that I needed to save the owner's wife.
I got her out of the fire and pushed her out of the kitchen. I then ran to the gas tank and turned it off. I heard my co-workers outside yelling for me to get out of the kitchen. As I dashed out, I was trying to put out the flames on me. We were very fortunate that the gas tank did not explode.
I then realized my legs were in pain. I often wore shorts in the kitchen, and I could see my legs had been burned badly. My co-workers took me to Muping District Orthopedics Hospital in Yantai City, Shandong Province.
The doctors told me that they had to scrape off the burned skin on my legs so the new skin could grow. Otherwise, it could cause infection.
I was frightened by the diagnosis; I do not even like getting an injection! As a child, I often ran off and hid when I was told it was time for a vaccination.
I then remembered my wife and the words she taught me, “Falun Dafa is good; Truthfulness-Compassion-Forbearance is good.” So I began to repeat them. I continued to repeat them many times. This calmed me, and I was no longer scared. I then agreed to let the doctors continue.
Throughout the procedure, I only felt a little pain. I was not given an anesthetic, so I was surprised the pain was not more intense.
My wife later told me: “You were selfless and put others first and you met the requirements of Falun Dafa and Master Li (it’s founder) took care of you. Otherwise, the gas tank might have exploded and the outcome would have been much worse.”
My co-workers were concerned about me and asked me about the pain. I told them it was not bad. I also told them about the words that my wife taught me to say and asked them to remember them too. Dafa is compassionate, and it can truly save us!
I now sincerely believe in Dafa because I personally experienced it. When the doctors scraped off my skin, I continually repeated, “Falun Dafa is good; Truthfulness-Compassion-Forbearance is good” and in my heart I said, “Thank you Master! I do not know how to express my gratitude.”
I was able to walk after being hospitalized for 20 days and was released from the hospital a week after that.
I heard that the fire was caused by gas leaking from pipes that were bitten by mice. The owner did not come to see me even once. I stayed home for more than four months. I went back to work when another restaurant owner hired me.
I am the kind of person who treats my work very seriously and works very hard no matter where I am. The owner used to say that his restaurant was managed very well by me, and that I contributed the most to the success of his business. His words changed completely after the fire. Not only was he not thankful that I saved his wife and restaurant from the fire, he also slandered me and refused to give me my wages.
I was angry and wanted to sue him. But my wife said to me, “We cannot be like him. All these things have their predestined causes. Perhaps you owed him from a past life. Even though you are angry because of the way he treated you, I know you have paid him a debt and will have less of a burden in the future. Look at this as a good thing and do not be angry. Being a good person means truly living by Truthfulness-Compassion-Forbearance.”
After hearing this, I felt relieved. I decided to give up the idea of suing the owner, and I would not pursue collecting the wages he owed me. I just let go of everything and my mind was at ease.
The owner's wife was not injured to the extent I was, but she was bedridden for over a year recovering. I knew that because I believed Falun Dafa was good, I was cared for the whole time. I am 65 years old now, and I feel no different than when I was young. My body and health are excellent. I still work hard as a cook. This is my good fortune from Dafa.
Falun Dafa is indeed very marvelous. I was protected and saved just from saying in my heart, “Falun Dafa is good; Truthfulness-Compassion-Forbearance is good” to express my belief and support for Dafa.