Dear readers Happy Valentine’s Day! Whether you’re single, dating someone, committed or have just broken up, I’d like to send you my love and best wishes for a great day today!
Let’s all make today about celebrating how amazing love is - we can all agree on that, right? So, if you have a single friend…why not surprise them and send them a last minute valentine e-card. If you have a partner, make sure that you let them know how much you love them today.
Want a great way to show your significant other how you feel? Why not go old school and write and send a love letter today (or modernize and send one via email).
I found this great article in Esquire with tips about how to write a fantastic love letter. Take a few minutes today and write one for your special someone.
First, sit. Letters take time. Letters have a rhythm. Letters must be written, and writing takes a while. Three lines can’t do the work of three paragraphs. This is not to say your letter must be long. Three paragraphs can do the work of three pages. Just give them some time.
Be loyal to the past you share. If your love emerged on a kayak trip, then you don’t just mention that experience — you make it. Let the river become your palette. Tell a story that only the two of you know. Or narrate a moment in which your partner was unaware that you were watching. Use detail to show what you remember and that you remember.
Let the example precede sentiment. A good love letter declares itself plainly, then illustrates particularly. “I saw you watching them play chess in the park. So quiet. I love the way you look at things.” Show what you love in your partner before you say what you love in them. Show, then tell.
Don’t repeat yourself. Emotional declarations matter more if you space them a little. Even in a short letter, you must create room. With love, there’s value in scarcity. That’s why it feels like such a jackpot.
Most of all, remember that it’s private. Say something that surprises you about yourself. Let your partner know that they have redefined your terms. In this way most, a love letter is like love itself. There must be risk.
So, get writing everyone and send something special to your loved ones today. And, in turn I hope you get lots of love, attention and Valentines today!
How are you planning to show your love for someone today? Do tell…
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