What I Learned from Emma Peel

I owe such a huge debt to Dame Diana Rigg for her portrayal of Emma Peel, because I owe Emma so very much for so very many reasons.

Rest in peace, Dame Diana, and thank you for everything.

Here’s another list of things I learned by watching Seasons 4 and 5.
  • Be comfortable in your own skin and unashamed of your body.

  • Wear clothing that you feel elegant and strong in, but that doesn’t get in your way when you have work to do or an emergency to deal with.

  • Have knowledge, talents, and skills that serve you well.

  • If others underestimate you, use this to your own advantage. Success is the best revenge.

  • Keep a cool head under fire.

  • Have at least one intelligent and very good friend who always has your back, whose talents and skill complement your own, and who always treats you as an equal.

  • Have confidence that you can solve problems and get out of sticky situations on your own, but also know how to ask for help.

  • When someone disrespects or attacks you, deal with them. Martial arts work nicely, but always adapt your approach to fit the situation.

  • Have interests outside of work and family that make you happy, and take time to indulge these.

  • Be open to making new friends, even if later they might turn out to be enemies.

  • Don’t be afraid to look foolish, especially if that’s what’s needed to get the job done.

  • Drink some champagne with a friend every day.

  • Live each day as though it could be your last. Because it very well might be.

    blogs in this series:
    what i learned from john steed
    what i learned from emma peel
    what i learned from catherine gale


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