A Lesson from Richard Simmons

I finished listening to Missing Richard Simmons yesterday. It was pretty good. Check it out.

Back when I was a newspaper reporter, I interviewed Richard Simmons. Predictably, he was a hoot. During the interview, I asked him for, like, "5 tips for living healthy" or something like that for a sidebar. One of them stuck with me:

"Don't walk among your ruins," he warned. Meaning, don't ruminate over past failures. Experience them, acknowledge them, learn from them, and then move on. Don't stay there. Take the lesson and mosey. Don't stay trapped in the past.

The older I get, the more I find myself wanting to walk among my ruins. I often think of Simmons' advice.

You know what? It works.

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J.C. Hutchins

J.C. Hutchins is an award-winning freelance transmedia writer, experience designer and novelist. He helps agencies and entertainment companies create multi-channel narratives to achieve their creative and business goals.