A Letter to Grandpa 一封家書
（Jennifer's note: The following letter was written by Ben Chen, a principle dancer of Shen Yun Performing Arts. He wrote this letter to his grandpa 10 years ago, when he was still a teenager. In this letter, he tried to explain to his grandpa, why his parents were always so busy. His mom has been the coordinator of a 24/7 vigil of Falun Gong practitioners opposite the Chinese Embassy in London. This 24/7 vigil started on June 5, 2002, and has been lasted for more than 15 years to date. In his childhood, Ben Chen had also spent many days and nights, sometimes in a tent, at this 24/7 vigil to protest against the Chinese Communist Party's persecution of Falun Gong, before he joined Shen Yun in 2012.)
The letter is from this documentary: Candlelight Across the Street. (Chinese speaking with English subtitles. )
I always believe that hardship can temper one's character, enrich his experiences, and improve his morality. This is similar to the principles of cultivation. Of course we are not seeking suffering. But amidst life's difficulties when other people mistreat me, even while being persecuted, I cannot give up. I have to walk my path with determination.
Thinking back, if I had not grown up this way, I may have become spoiled and lazy, unable to accomplish anything. Had I been too comfortable, I may have gradually abandoned my beliefs, and become lost in material indulgence. While I did not have time to play video games, I might have spent my time on composing music. Without pursuing a luxury lifestyle, I had time to read and enrich myself.
I gradually started to understand why my parents were so busy. My parents were busy, because the persecution has been going on, and it still continues. Many people don't know that. Human life is so precious. That's my mom and dad may work day and night.
You said effort ought to be rewarded. This is certainly true. So many years have passed. No matter it was with our family's situation, or with the way my parents raised me, we may not see the reward at the time. Instead, they will be shown many years later. Dad and mom's efforts were not in vain.
Confucius taught justice and destiny. We should do righteous things without considering if we can succeed or not. We do what we can wholeheartedly, and try to be worthy of our consciences. Regardless of the outcome, we have all succeeded, because in terms of morality and conscience, we will always be in an invincible position.