Blossoms in Your Email List

When my email address list reached 1,500 contacts, I decided it was time to declutter.

blossomActually, the real reason I decluttered was because I sent a slightly confidential email to the wrong Frances. The Frances I was supposed to email is my supervisor (I’m a casual relief employee at a transitional house for women fleeing domestic violence). The Frances I actually emailed is someone I don’t even know. How did her email address end up in my contact list? Your guess is as good as mine.

A couple days ago I went through my email contacts. As I deleted deleted deleted, I saw name after name of people I lost touch with. Old friends, coworkers, even family members – people I love, but never connect with. They live all over the world, we’re all busy, who has time to even send Christmas cards anymore, blah blah blah.

So I stopped decluttering my email contact list, and wrote a quick update on my life (eg, we just got back from Croatia, my bunion’s name is Bumpy, I’m excited about going on a Missions Trip to Haiti in January, etc).

I went back to the culling of my contacts list. Every time I saw the email address of someone I know and love, I sent them my update. It felt really good to remember our friendship and reach out to them…and I think I sent about 50 emails in all.

Now, my old friends are emailing me back. Every day I get at least two emails from people I haven’t connected with in a long time…and it feels so good! I love reading their updates and remembering our friendship.

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Want to feel good? Email an old friend

Have you ever scrolled through your email list and remembered the people you once knew and still love? It’s a really good way to feel the love and support of past relationships.

Take it a step further. Write a little life update, and send it to the people you love. Don’t worry if you haven’t spoken to them in years! What’s a decade or two between old friends?

Send out your warmth and love, and receive with joy the love that comes back.

Speaking of sending and receiving – thank you, dear readers, for your encouragement! I really appreciated the tips you sent for helping friends with cancer and unemployment. It is truly an honour to hear from you. I save every email.

Blessings and Blossoms,



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