LOVE BEGINS AT 40
Have you ever found yourself in this situation? You started dating
a good guy who is full of integrity, charming, funny and considerate.
The lines of communication seem to be wide open and you feel connected.
You start to imagine life together with him on a daily basis and ponder
over fantasies of how he may propose and where the wedding will be, the
dress, the guests, the honeymoon. In your mind you have already married
him and are living happily ever after. In reality he has never even
once discussed marriage with you.
Then, the unthinkable takes place! This Man of Your Dreams
tells you he isn't ready for a relationship. You are crushed.
You feel rejected, angry, hurt and now he has become the enemy. In
your mind he is insensitive and has led you on when really, he was just
being truthful. Because women tend to be agents of change, they enjoy the idea of
moving things along to the next level. This often includes
relationships. The snag in all of this is that by focusing on the next
level one misses out on the present moment that is to be relished. Why
not enjoy the relationship for what it is today? Why not take pleasure
in the journey of friendship and see where it takes you?
Marriage should not be required as the next level ever. When we focus on marriage
as the ultimate goal, it almost seems like we are searching for anyone
who would fit the bill to be placed in that role. And what we should be
looking for is an honest man who is willing to walk through the seasons
of friendship and
develop a relationship without being so concerned over where it is
headed. It is possible to enjoy the journey without making requirements
for the future. If you realize that this has been a pattern for you, making the choice for change is the first step.
LOVE BEGINS AT 40
Recognize your thoughts when they start down that familiar path and
remind yourself that commitment does not always end in marriage and
marriage does not assure you of happiness.
Embracing who you are, strengthening the qualities you possess and
polishing any areas of weakness will not only enhance your ability to
delight in the voyage of exploration but will cause you to be
irresistible for when the right guy does come along. Determine that you
will not be so focused on rushing the results but appreciate the
unfolding of the adventure.