|The newest book came out in March!|
One of the things Maisie does that really resonates with me is her 'final accounting' at the end of a case. This is her habit of going back to visit places and people who were important to a case, in order to contemplate them with new perspective in the light of a solved mystery.
The 'final accounting' is something I have done throughout my life. I have a habit of going back to visit places after I've left, to see with fresh eyes and give myself some closure to my experiences. I find that this is a good way to learn from things and to be able to exist in my new space in a more effective manner. At the end of the most recent Maisie Dobbs book, Elegy for Eddy, she describes the final accounting like this:
"...key to coming to the next new case renewed and ready for another challenge. It was not a means of forgetting, but of assigning completed work its place, as if it were freshly laundered linen - starched, ironed, folded, and put away in the airing cupboard." (p. 320)This weekend I am actually in Miami doing this. Yesterday I visited my old workplace in Hialeah and today and tomorrow am hanging out with various friends. P is for Perspective, so I will write more about my experiences and reflections in a couple days. Until then, if you've got time, go check out a Maisie Dobbs book from your local public library :)