Octave, Wanda: My Life Interpreted
My Life Interpreted
by Wanda Octave
If you’ve ever pondered how you’ve ended up where you are in life, why things happen the way they do and what your life’s purpose is, then you’ll love My Life Interpreted. It is an uplifting book of ninety-nine inspiring reflections that seeks to demystify the questions of everyday life. Through real-life examples, Wanda Octave demonstrates how you can use your own life to decipher spiritual principles begging for attention.
The answers to life’s burning questions are often right in front of you and Octave shows in a practical and down to earth manner how to access those answers and live more fully.
What started out for Octave as snippets of her own life sent weekly to her list of newsletter subscribers has now been collected into one volume of inspiration. My Life Interpreted is a delightful daily companion or the perfect gift book for anyone seeking encouragement.
A Mother’s Day Story
I found myself very present on Mother’s Day. I made a special effort to absorb, appreciate, and participate in all aspects of motherhood. And by the end of it, I actually felt very connected to my daughter and began appreciating and admiring little things about her. I was thankful for her giving spirit, her eagerness to help, and her constant need to express herself—to create something new. I was present. And so was she. It was evident that there was an actual chemistry between us, a cohesiveness.
She wanted me to enjoy the day. She made a special effort to be obedient, helpful, and loving. And when it was all over, we sat on her bed and she asked me grown-up questions about myself – She wanted to know the story of the day she was born, why I decided to get married and why I didn’t want to have any more children. It was a sweet exchange that touched my soul.
I went to bed that night proud—proud of her and myself. She is an amazing person, and she is a lot more like me than I care to admit.
The next morning, as soon as she got out of bed, she said, “Mummy, can it be Mother’s Day for the rest of the year?” Clearly, I was not the only one who felt the connection!
“Well, will you be helpful and totally obedient for the whole year?”
She thought for a moment…
“OK, then, can it be Mother’s Day twenty-nine days a month?”
“Why Kelci, so you can have a day or two to be naughty?”
“Well you can’t expect me to be good all the time, Mummy. I’m a kid!”
And so ended my Mother’s Day bliss. Less than an hour later, my regular morning yells began, forcing me to seek calm. I had to remind myself that it was okay to be in love with my child one day and want to beat some sense into her the next. Last week, a friend admitted that she had to drink three glasses of wine to calm herself down after her two-year-old and four-month-old kids finally fell asleep. She knew that there may be traces of alcohol in her breast milk, but for one night, she just needed to stay sane and sleep through. Then the day after, overcome with guilt about what she had done, she called me for counseling.
In trying to put my disciplinary challenges with my daughter and my friend’s confession in perspective, I took a moment that day to reflect on the kind of daughter I’d been and what I may have driven my own mother to. I realized that we grow up and look back on our unruly or rebellious behavior and wonder how our parents survived us! But in the end, especially if the general environment was a loving one, every experience, good or bad, usually evokes a memory that we can bond with our parents over, talk about, or learn from when we have our own kids.
Life is short…every minute of your life is a memory created. Enjoy it.
AUTHOR Bio and Links:
Wanda Octave lives with constant fascination and intrigue for life. Her amazing ability to extract spiritual messages out of everyday experiences, has kept readers captivated for years and is finally revealed in her new book My Life Interpreted. A former Marketing professional, Octave worked in the fields of banking, real estate and tourism before becoming a writer.
Hailing from the small Caribbean Island which produced two Nobel Laureates – Honorable Derek Walcott and Sir Arthur Lewis, Octave has set her sights on becoming an international best-selling author, hoping to again position Saint Lucia as a force of to be reckoned with.
Learn more at www.wandaoctave.com or follow My Life Interpreted on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/My-Life-Interpreted/424218667598103
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