"Would you like to go out some time?"
"I'm crazy about you."
"I love you."
"Will you marry me?"
"Let's work at this; I don't want to lose you."
Each of these relationship-based statements has one thing in common: placing oneself in a vulnerable position. The potential for pain and rejection exists when taking a risk to share feelings and desires in a loving relationship. Some choose to not take the risk, saving them from the possibility of being hurt.
The downside of evading exposure to rejection is far greater though; it means avoiding the potential for great joy as well. Whether it is taking a chance by asking someone for a date or being vulnerable with a partner in a relationship that needs repair, some level of risk is required to move towards a greater level of happiness.
To those who are risk adverse in relationships:
- Take a chance.
- Be vulnerable.
- Enjoy the reward of happiness.
"To be alive is to be vulnerable."