Improving Myself While Teaching Computer Skills
(Minghui.org) I was able to learn computer skills by following the information posted on the Minghui website. I helped establish sites to produce flyers and other truth clarification materials. I feel it's a very good opportunity to improve my xinxing.
Last May, practitioners in our area needed to upgrade their computer operating systems. One elderly practitioner in his seventies knew how to do it and planned to teach me. After explaining to me the importance and workload, he said that he hoped that I could learn it as soon as possible. Impressed by his sincerity, I made detailed notes and watched him closely as he showed me how to do it.
My understanding is that as long as we want to learn, things will work out. Those who are retired like me have time to learn. We cannot rely only on the younger practitioners, because they have to work. With Master's help, plus assistance from websites such as Minghui, and those practitioners with the needed skills, we can do it.
I've found that when learning these skills, we need to be considerate, respectful, and willing to ask questions. We may sometimes still not grasp a concept even after being shown twice, or may lose the needed files that the technical practitioners gave us. If we hear complaints, instead of feeling bad we should consider it an opportunity to look within and improve.
I would also like to remind those technically proficient practitioners to be patient and willing to teach. We are one body and we should help each other.
Eighty to ninety percent of practitioners in my city currently have computers. Helping the elderly practitioners update their systems and doing troubleshooting can be demanding.
I teach practitioners how to turn on the computer, get online, how to download, and how to refresh a web page, copy files, and submit articles. How quickly they become proficient with computers depends on each practitioner's willingness and ability to learn. For some, I had to write detailed instructions for each step so that he or she could refer to them later. Some practitioners needed to be taught several times. It is therefore a process that requires compassion and forbearance.
Here are some examples of xinxing tests I've encountered that helped me improve:
* Practitioners call about being unable to get online or unable to find a downloaded file when I was very busy.
* Some practitioners did not comprehend, even after I taught them several times. They became discouraged and I had to encourage them.
* Because I was busy when a practitioner called me they complained when I was finally able help at a later time.
* One practitioner kept complimenting me over and over again. It was an opportunity to let go of zealotry.
I occasionally had to pay for other practitioners' parts, such as memory, cables, or network cards. This helped me let go of the attachment to material interest.
I also found that if we teach computer skills to the grandchildren of elderly practitioners, they learn quickly, and can show their grandparents later. This not only saves time, but also reduces the pressure on the elderly practitioners.
I often encourage practitioners to purchase printers that are easy to use, so they successfully print flyers or pamphlets. Of course, we need to follow up on a regular basis to see if they have any issues or need to update their software.
Almost all practitioners in my city now have computers and can access Minghui, and they can get updated information every day. We no longer need to print articles for them and we can focus on printing materials to save people.
I would like to conclude my article by sharing Master's words in “Fa Teaching Given at the 2010 New York Fa Conference,”
“You need to really, truly put some effort into cultivation, and not lapse into just doing it superficially; you shouldn’t have so many human attachments. As Master sees it, your each and every thought, and your every single action, reveals to me what your heart is like. What I least like are those who are all talk and no action. Nor do I like those who are cunning. What I like are those who are honest and simple, sincere and down-to-earth. I also hope that you can all, after so many years of cultivating, positively grow in wisdom and not grow so much in terms of knowing how to deal with worldly matters or how to conduct yourself as a human being leading a worldly life.”