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Four Gestures of Love, for Speaking Without Words

Je t'aime. Mahal kita. Te amo. Traverse the world’s 195 countries or pick up one of its 7,139 languages and chances are you’ll encounter an expression that translates to “I love you”. But in some instances, words alone don’t, or can’t, suffice.

Sometimes affection is spoken more clearly through doing – the medium becomes the message. In where we choose to invest our time, and attention. In a favourite meal cooked with care. In a song or poem or book that reminds us of a feeling.

Today, we choose to also honour these unspoken gestures of love, and we hope they resonate with you at this special time of the year.

Road to somewhere

Bear with the specificity of this one, but there is something so tender about a loved one offering a ride - whether it be a lift home from the airport post-long-haul flight, a trip to the train station amidst torrential downpour, or the offer of a road trip. In some cases, to love is to live with the hunch they would take you anywhere you asked.

Tablemate

Some people express love through flowers. For others, heart matter is best conveyed through food. A nourishing meal prepared with love, care and respect is as adoring as it gets. Never underestimate the power a plate of buttered toast can have in bearing affection.

On the clock

An undesirable bi-product of rapid technological advancement is the amount of time we spend on our devices; flicking aimlessly between screens before realising we’ve lost the day. To invest the precious time you have in the world to another, to recalibrate your focus and make a person feel as though their thoughts and feelings and presence are important to you – well, it might be as romantic as it gets.

Creative license

“I heard this, and I thought of you”. We will never tire of the feeling when a song, a poem or a book conjures the outline of another human – as though the universe had planted the lyric or novel for the sole purpose of bringing them into our mind. Never stop showing people how you feel through art; after all, love often poses as its muse.

Road to somewhere

Bear with the specificity of this one, but there is something so tender about a loved one offering a ride - whether it be a lift home from the airport post-long-haul flight, a trip to the train station amidst torrential downpour, or the offer of a road trip. In some cases, to love is to live with the hunch they would take you anywhere you asked.

Tablemate

Some people express love through flowers. For others, heart matter is best conveyed through food. A nourishing meal prepared with love, care and respect is as adoring as it gets. Never underestimate the power a plate of buttered toast can have in bearing affection.

On the clock

An undesirable bi-product of rapid technological advancement is the amount of time we spend on our devices; flicking aimlessly between screens before realising we’ve lost the day. To invest the precious time you have in the world to another, to recalibrate your focus and make a person feel as though their thoughts and feelings and presence are important to you – well, it might be as romantic as it gets.

Creative license

“I heard this, and I thought of you”. We will never tire of the feeling when a song, a poem or a book conjures the outline of another human – as though the universe had planted the lyric or novel for the sole purpose of bringing them into our mind. Never stop showing people how you feel through art; after all, love often poses as its muse.

"To love is to live with the hunch they would take you anywhere you asked."