This week I taught a lesson on taking risks, and what you stand to GAIN instead of loose when you dare to try. I thought you might enjoy the story of how I met my husband, and how my internet dating risk turned into a reward.
In 2005, like many women I know, I was a divorced woman seeking a romantic connection with a mature person of the opposite sex. I was hoping to get married again and ride off into the sunset…happily ever after.
I’d tried internet dating before, but my first experience was one of overwhelm when I had so many guys emailing me, I just couldn’t keep up with my fan mail. After a few dates, I shut off my profile on Match.com and decided to just enjoy time with friends and family and not date for awhile.
During a cold wintery weekend in January 2005, with a snow storm trapping me inside my apartment, all alone for 48 hours….I decided it was time to take another RISK. Put myself back out there, and try again to meet “Mr. Right”. So, I reactivated my profile on match.com but this time with a slight change. I decided that I would do the selecting, and that I would be the one risking possible rejection by contacting the men that I deemed suitable for me.
That weekend I dared to contact this handsome guy who lived in Connecticut, had 3 sons in close age to my two daughters, and who had a profile that really enticed me. I didn’t let distance stop me, and I didn’t try to figure out all the details up front. I took a huge risk that really paid off.
His name is David Bradley Schreiner, and he’s now been my husband for almost 7 years. This is his match.com photo that first captured my heart.
I encourage you to take some risks. Put yourself out there in a big way and you’ll see that the great things in life happen outside your comfort zone!
If I had not been willing to risk my feelings being rejected or my heart being broken….I wouldn’t have this great husband today.
The happily ever after part….we are still working on it and our marriage get’s stronger and stronger thru each trial we face. We both have our strong faith that we rely on daily, and we know marriage takes WORK.
There is no horse and no sunset, but there is laughter, joy and love in our marriage. We don’t live in a fairy tale, we live in a real life world and we both take risks each day.
Taking a risk doesn’t mean be irresponsible, there is a big difference.
Please share with me, what risks are you going to take today?