Out of the blue
There you are, wandering along having a good day and, wham, right into your email inbox comes a message from someone in your past. Someone you never expected to hear from again. Ever.
So, what do you do? Do you respond? Do you want to reconnect with that person?
If not, why? Did he or she do you wrong?
If you do want to reconnect, why? Has time faded your memory of the reality of the past relationship? Was it a positive relationship? If so, why did it expire? Was it just an “all good things must come to and end” kind of deal?
Was it a personal relationship? Or, was it a business contact? A former coworker, teacher, mentor, neighbor, friend?
Whatever it was, there is a reason for why it ended, and it was probably a pretty good one.
So, why stir it up again?
What’s in it for you?
Is it just curiosity?
The chance to see how that person has changed? Is he/she still as interesting, as thought-provoking, as entertaining, as relevant?
Won’t know until you click “reply.” Go ahead. You know you want to.
Is there someone from your past that you’d like an opportunity to reconnect with? Who is it? Why do you want that chance? How will you use it if you get it?
I’ve had a few emails from people out of my long ago and far away. It is a toughie about what to do.
I know. Doesn’t matter if it’s an old boyfriend or coworker, or distant relative, it can still be awkward.
I’ve had two. I’ve ignored them both. Both books closed long before, neither were good enough stories as to want to pick them up again.
I know what you mean.