Every time upon hearing this phrase, I cringe. Not because of the belief that it is a negative thing, mostly the opposite. There is a voice in my (hopefully) distant future that calls back and derides. For he knows that the people are right and that life’s value is directly proportional to the friends and family that comprise it.
If I don’t try, neither will they. Friends will be lost and family will think themselves scorned. When it comes to staying in touch, intentions and strong feelings of affinity mean nothing. It’s the commitment to continuous action. This is the part that frightens and intimidates. Establishing a precedent for staying in touch will develop an almost infinite expectation for doing the same. This expectation will continue to expand with each new contributor to life’s beauty. Besides, mystery is evicerated by intimate connection.
To whom much is given, much will be required… if I want to call myself a man, I better step up.