How to Say “I Love You” in the Digital AgeThere are a million ways to say “I love you.” Hugs are usually a winning strategy. Washing the dishes when it’s someone else’s turn, letting your partner hog the blankets on a chilly night, giving up your favorite show so your spouse can catch the football game. Keeping your own petty remarks in check. Remembering to thank your loved ones for the everyday things they do for you. Just a handful in a universe full of ways to show you care.
In the last 10 or 20 years, we’ve added a few new ways to say those three words. An encouraging text message, a Skype call to someone on the other side of the world. Keeping your phone out of reach, keeping your computer on sleep. Those last two have become some of the hardest and most meaningful ways to show someone how you feel about them.
RECONNECT WITH WHAT (AND WHO) MATTERS
Most expressions of love are a small sacrifice. Doing the dishes, inconveniencing your schedule, putting someone else’s comfort ahead of your own. Taking a hard break from the many screens that beg for your attention is a sacrifice of your wants and habits, but it’s also something that benefits you as much as it benefits the ones you love.
Why not ditch the screens for a day, or half a day? Power down and put them in a drawer. Get out of the house and look your favorite person in the eyes. It’s a lovely way to show someone how much they mean to you.
THE DISCONNECT TO RECONNECT CHALLENGE
Here’s our challenge to you: Say “I love you” by truly reconnecting with the person you love most. Pick a day in the next month to completely disconnect. No screens, just you and your boo. (February 14 is a good place to start.)
The best way to make this happen is to get out of the house. Hide the remote, turn off your laptop, leave your phone at home. Just enjoy a date night the old-fashioned way: With full attention on one another. Get to know each other again. Laugh during awkward pauses. Hold hands. Make the kind of memories that stay with you for life.
Memories can be made anywhere. Everything we do at Pinot’s Palette is designed to build connections and create memories. It’s who we are. You can drink and paint, and talk and paint, and dance and paint. But it’s really tough to text message and paint. We do that on purpose.
Remember the challenge: Disconnect from all the noise that just doesn’t matter, and reconnect with the one you love. We guarantee it’ll be worth it.