It’s good to send a letter, email, or even a text when we cannot do otherwise. Such innovations help in times when physical presence is not possible. But none of those, nor any other thing, is a good substitute for being there.
We too often use the more convenient to replace the more meaningful method of actually showing up. It’s true, we can treasure a postcard sent from a foreign country for years. Yet, the time and trouble it takes to travel there (or here) will be a more treasured memory than words on paper could do. I’m not talking about historical documentation, but valued and loving presence when it is needed.
Please don’t mistake good intentions for follow-through. Plans do not make up for conclusion. Resolve does not replace resolution. Put simply: show up.