Route 66 - The Journey Toward Success
Sometimes you need to touch base with people to keep the relationship alive. There is not always a legitimate reason to contact someone other than to say "hello", but this gesture of showing you are thinking of them can keep you in the front of their mind.
For those who send holiday cards each December, you know the drill.....you review your list and have to decide to whom you will mail. If you are actively adding to your list, then the number of cards grows. Most people make the decision to pare down this list and eliminate folks from their mailings. There are some folks from college (and other eras of your past) on the list whom you have no active relationship with beside this holiday card, but you continue to send them the annual greeting anyway. To remove them from your list will end what little connecting that is still there, and sometimes you do not want to let go of someone amazing. People do drift apart, but with effort you can keep them in your life.
I make it a practice twice a year of going through my contact database and sending quick emails to people whom I have not had recent interactions. These emails are short and to the point of letting the other person know I am thinking of them. They might read something like:
Although I had not talked with you in a long time and thought of you today and wanted to touch base and say "hello". I hope that all is going well for you, please let me know what is new and exciting in your life. I hope our paths cross soon.
You will be admired for taking the action to stay in contact.
Have A Great Day.