As great as it may seem to stay in touch with old friends with a few mouse clicks and keystrokes, digital communication cannot replace seeing old friends or catching up with them on the phone.
Make of the list of the people who you want to reconnect with. You may not be able to get in touch with everyone on your list, but try to pick a different person every week who you reach out to.
Pick Up The Phone
Yes, it seems simple, but communication is much richer outside the confines of text messages and emails. Call someone that you want to get in touch with. You can even just call and say: “Hi, I know we haven’t talked in a while, but I have been thinking about you and wanted to reconnect.” If you are honest and to the point, you create an inviting space for conversation.
Make A Plan
Some old friends make an effort to get together, with monthly lunches or annual trips. Sometimes all it takes is a little planning to create a connection.
Make a date with someone you want to catch-up with and lock it into your calendar. Plan on coffee or a concert, a hike or a picnic. Don’t budge on your plans, and you may even be able to lock future get-togethers if your friend doesn’t live too far away.
Rekindle The Friendship
People can drift apart, but true friends will be there through time and change. Relationships are dynamic, so you can continue to grow with someone on the foundation of your friendship.
Use your memories and experiences together to build on your connection, and continue to share your life with them. New jobs, interests, locations, relationships, children—all things that are a part of the human experience and help you to connect and relate to others, even through all the changes life can bring.