Are you sure you’re immune?
October 2, 2017

You might remember me telling you about my first book, Staying the Course, with former marathon champion Dick Beardsley. Can you imagine my surprise when I chatted -- on the talk show recently -- with one of the photographers who’d followed Dick, literally followed him, in those days?

When Katie studied abroad -- in Shanghai, China -- someone asked her about the woman she was waving to in the cafeteria. “Oh, that’s my mom’s friend,” Kate said. What were the odds my friend from Toastmasters in Fargo would be (1) an NYU alum, and (2) headed to Shanghai to work for NYU the same semester Kate was there?

When we got back to Manhattan from Europe we ran into one of Katie’s tennis camp counselors from Gustavus Adolphus College. Not once. Three different times. In one weekend! In Manhattan. What were the odds?

That’s one reason Darrell and Katie and I make it a point to be a joy to work with and to be around. It’s the right thing to do, sure. But who wants to risk being anything else? I’m not suggesting you sell your soul. And plenty of people are, as they say, “best loved from a distance.”

Otherwise? Say yes whenever possible and be a sweetheart unless it’s impossible. You never know when someone from the past will come bursting into your present.