The Double Comfort Safari Club, by Alexander McCall Smith, is aptly named. I find his books very comforting, filled with kindness and nuggets of wisdom. In the middle of the hustle and bustle of our overly busy lives, he gently reminds us of what is really important in 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 knew 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 such contentment, and joy, and understanding that you have managed to find yourself.
I agree with you, Robin. Alexander McCall Smith’s story has many “nuggets” of wisdom. Refreshing.
Robin, while I haven’t read any of A.Mc S work, I keep hearing that it’s a comforting experience. Must remember to try him out when Im in need next. Thanks for sharing this one.
What an excellent passage. I haven’t read this one yet, but so look forward to it. And aren’t his titles just the best?!
“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 such contentment, and joy, and understanding that you have managed to find yourself.”
Words to live by! I have yet to read any of his books, but they’re on my list once I get caught up with J. Winspear’s books. I may try them on audio. Any recommendation as to which series to start with first?
Mom, they ARE refreshing to read, and they’re really perfect when I’m so busy at work and my reading time is so short.
Tamara, I’m sure you’ll enjoy them whenever you get to them!
Nan, yes, I love his titles. They’re as fun as the books themselves.
Les, I love the audiobook editions of the #1 Ladies Detective Agency because of the narrator, Lisette Licat. She’s fabulous!
By the way, I must get back to reading the Winspear books! I read the first one, but haven’t read any of the others.
I enjoy McCall Smith’s books, too–comforting is the perfect word for them–not too demanding, gently humorous, and always some great quotes!
i love Aleander M C works and wanna read all of his works…