Mma Ramotswe’s Thoughts on Life

I’m about two months behind on my monthly reading challenge but finally took time to finish the 11th book in the No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency series by Alexander McCall Smith.

This story, as with others in the series, follows Mma Ramotswe and her assistant Grace Makutsi as they solve several cases.  As always, the story is more about interpersonal connections and relationships than the steps involved in solving odd mysteries.

It’s a story that leaves me, once again, appreciating the main character, Precious Ramotswe.  How can one not love a character who, after several tough days at work, has the following to say about life:

“Having the right approach to life was a great gift in this life.  Her father, the late Obed Ramotswe, had always had the right approach to life- she was sure of that.  And for a moment, as she sat there with her friend, with the late-afternoon sun slanting in through the window, she thought about how she owed her father so much.  He had taught her almost everything she new about how to lead a good life, and the lessons she had learned from him were as fresh today as they ever had been.  Do not complain about your life.  Do not blame others for things that you have brought upon yourself.  Be content with who you are and where you are, and do whatever you can do to bring to others contentment, and joy, and understanding that you have managed to find yourself.

She closed her eyes.  You can do that in the company of an old friend- you can close your eyes and think of the land that gave you life and breath, and of all the reasons why you are glad you are there, with the people you know, with the people you love.”

Sounds like good thoughts fit for a peaceful, bright, sunny, tranquil Sunday afternoon.

No 1 Ladies Bk 11

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