Keeping in Touch with Friends
A million people relocate every year and that is expected to rise as more and more Baby Boomers begin retiring. With the Holidays approaching, it is a time to reflect on keeping in touch with friends, both old and new.
There is a reason the old adage advises, “Make new friends, but keep the old; one is silver and the other is gold”. To look at it another way, as we age we have more memories and these memories become more valuable when we can share them with friends.
One way to keep in touch during the holidays is through the use of holiday cards. While the cost of the cards and the postage has increased through the years, I believe it is still the best way to communicate with friends during the holidays.
Who doesn’t get excited after receiving a holiday card from an old or new friend with a handwritten message? Take your time when you prepare your greetings and make every card unique and special, as special as your friends are to you!
Email has also changed the way to stay in touch with people. So far, this season, we have received one group email wishing us all well. For some reason, it takes away the feeling of being special when you see twenty other people receiving the same sentiment.
Just a Note
Still, it is an attempt to stay in touch with people and let them know you are thinking of them. Newly-made friends sometimes are neglected when it comes to the Holidays. One friend recently told me she would not be sending a card because she sees me often and there isn’t anything new in her life that I do not know about. This may be true, but how often do we really express just how special this friend is to us and how much we appreciate their friendship and companionship?
The writer, Anais Nin, had an interesting way of looking at friends. She said, “Each friend represents a world within us, a world possibly not born until they arrive, and it is only by this meeting that a new world is born.”
For me, this is really what the holidays are all about, a chance to reflect upon what our friends and experiences have held for us this year and a time to wonder just what fun and meaningful moments we will experience with them in the coming year!