A Lesson Of Unconditional Love

Andra Marasteanu
Posted December 27, 2019

It was only 6 months ago when I first saw a video about a brave woman that changes the status quo in her part of the world with her love, her life and her mission. But the time is irrelevant, it feels like forever. This is a personal story. 

I have a really interesting news feed, with all kind of stories being presented to me on so many different topics and wonderful people that change the world for the better with their presence, their ideas, their devotion, their strength, their courage, their purpose. I often remain in awe in front of an image and look into their eyes and see the beautiful pure light beings they are, their essence, their soul, and I thank divinity for them, for their presence in this world, in these times, and I thank them for choosing to be themselves and be the shinning light they lit up the world with. But none caught my attention the way this amazing woman did.

I feel connected with Sister Zeph. With her country, Pakistan. Even with the area she lives in. There's a strong bond for me there and not only through her, even before I met her, as if everything in my life so far led me to this point, this place, this work. But this for me can only be a synchronicity, a way of God/Universe assuring me this is the path. Nothing is random. 

We haven't talked much, but I don't feel the need either, as it feels that our souls already have had their conversations and agreements. But when we do talk, she's kind and open and serene and she gives me a feeling of peace and joy and certainty. And I believe she already does the impossible with her work, being in the midst of so many projects: running and teaching in 2 non profits, 1 formal school, 1 women's skill centre and 4 Bible schools; helping widows, orphans and burn victims; continuing her studies and personal development; and also raising awareness on child labour, child and women abuses, human traficking, religious discrimination, etc and advocating for women and children rights and interfaith harmony on top of that. I often wonder how she does it and I am willing to find out and learn. She's a great role model. 

Since I met her and followed her activity and read about her, my life's purpose began to gain clarity, something was changing drastically inside me. Whereas before I didn't know how I could use my talents and skills in a way that changes people's lives at a much deeper and broader level and didn't find anything/any cause to really connect with, now I started having all these ideas and a push to act on finding ways to be of service. Although the details are not yet very clear and I am sure there is more to come, beyond what I could imagine at this point, there's definitely something beautiful here that sparked in me the light of hope and passion and purpose and mission. And that's why I decided to also join World Pulse, to connect with wonderful women like her and to express myself and grow even further while walking the path of my purpose that is unfolding with every step I take.

My life and I went through a complete transformation process these past 12 months. I met people, the right people, the soul connections that are so deep and strong, that changed everything I thought I knew about myself right from the core, so much that I need time to adjust and integrate everything that shifted: my mindset, my perspectives, my emotions, my reactions,  my understanding, my depth, my love, my essence, my work, my passion. And Sister Zeph is one of these people. With her unconditional love and openness, her kindness and wisdom, strength and determination, faith and vision, courage and boldness, she doesn't change only the lives of the children in her school, the women at her skill centre, her friends, her family with her little adopted angel Eva, she even reaches people across the globe that were in search for their purpose, like me. 

Not only that I was impressed by her life story and work, the hundreds of lives she touched and touches directly and the thousands she touches and will touch indirectly through her students and friends, but the love she embodies, the pure energy that she is made of, can only make you stop  in awe and be grateful that she chose this path: this not so light path of unconditional love through her devotion for educating and empowering children and women in rural Pakistan, in a society where these things are still rare and mistrusted and met with resistance and even violence. She's brave and her faith, resilience and self confidence are a real inspiration and motivation for many. For me.

Just recently, being inspired by her passion and interest for interfaith harmony, that she, as well as I, believes would be the key in stopping conflicts and empowering and educating children and women in her country and beyond, it made me think and act. I have always been interested in religions of the world and spirituality and also in interfaith harmony as I believe that they are all just different perspectives of the same Truth. So I realised I could do something with this passion of mine. And thus I already enrolled to some courses to study religion and its impact in society and culture, it's direct connection with conflict and peace, as well as some courses about children, women, human and humanitarian rights. It's going to be a very interesting and full year. I have great ambitions and one of my aims is to work with her and contribute to her vision and her mission and for that I want to be better and relevantly prepared. 

The main theme of my life is also unconditional love, but for me the lessons so far were different, the ways of learning it and letting myself being transformed by it are from another story. Love though is only one and these are only facets of the same beautiful gem. And her experience is a lesson for me, one that allows me to learn other sides of unconditional love. And I am grateful for this blessing.

And I believe that, beyond ticking all its characteristics, she is the spirit of World Pulse as she embodies the unconditional love that transforms everyone she gets in contact with and lights up everything with her merely presence. 

 

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Anita Shrestha
Dec 29, 2019
Dec 29, 2019

Thank you for sharing

Andra Marasteanu
Dec 30, 2019
Dec 30, 2019

Thank you as well, Anita!

Sister Zeph
Dec 29, 2019
Dec 29, 2019

Dear Sister Andra,These most beautiful words I have ever heard about me and I am crying with joy and dancing with a great feeling of honour,I never thought I will inspire someone like that one day. My heart is so full of gratitude and I will always keep this article to read in my bad times so that I can remind myself that my sister Andra has trust in me to achieve all my goals and to transform all the lives who I touch through my mission

Andra Marasteanu
Dec 30, 2019
Dec 30, 2019

My dear Zeph, I am so happy that you will use this to remind yourself that you are not alone in this and you can and will accomplish your goals, your vision, your mission. You will do so much more than you think: there is no limit in love, everything is possible. Thank you!

Rosie T
Dec 29, 2019
Dec 29, 2019

Thank you! Such a wonderful tribute to our beloved Sister Zeph. Wonderful post with beautiful photos that perfectly capture the essence of this lovely, amazing woman who is doing so much to make our world a better place for so many.

Andra Marasteanu
Dec 30, 2019
Dec 30, 2019

Thank you, Rosie, I am happy I met this lovely woman and I was able to write what I feel!

Rachana Singh
Dec 29, 2019
Dec 29, 2019

Dear sister Andra
You are right in choosing Sister Zeph as a role model. I am very happy reading your post about her. Sister Zeph is running her projects in very difficult circumstances in Pakistan. Every kind of help and support must be very welcome to her projects and her people.
Beautiful write up.
Good work done by a woman for another woman ❤
Sending you my best wishes.

Andra Marasteanu
Dec 30, 2019
Dec 30, 2019

True, Rachana, every type of support is needed and she is doing so much more than I could acually put into words. And every woman should receive and give such encouragement at least once in her lifetime. We all need this.
Thank you, sending you my best wishes as well!

Beth Lacey
Dec 30, 2019
Dec 30, 2019

Sister Zeph is a role model for all of us.

Andra Marasteanu
Dec 30, 2019
Dec 30, 2019

I am so happy, dear Beth! <3