In the world of relationships meeting that one person you are willing to spend the rest of your life with; your life partner (or so we hope), can be difficult and frightening.
The Today Show highlighted the cultural trend: Online Dating:The Secret Science of Love at First Byte. Meeting people online was initially met with skepticism but legitimate businesses such as eharmony.com and match.com, are two of 1,500 companies in a thriving industry of matchmaking.
Computers are attempting to do what friends and relatives have been doing for generations. Matching people we know with other people, known to friends and relatives, who may make a compatible couple.
Success is a certainty with either of these methods when combined with one key element; your willingness to meet people. You have to be willing to put time and energy into meeting new people, making conversation, putting yourself out there. The advantage to employing matchmakers is the person you meet has been vetted and shares your intentions.
Once you've decided to 'step out' paying a company isn't necessary, instead, spread the word to those you know that you are willing to meet whom-ever they think is worth an introduction. You may be surprised at the number of opportunities friends and family deliver.
You should prepare to experience multiple introductions, some worth investigating and some, not so much. Let those which are a "definite no" go easily and without personal recriminations. Extend yourself and explore the "possibles". A "definite possibility" may be closer than you think.
If you feel Valentine's Day is another name for Singles Awareness Day it may be time to put out the word to your people and say, "I'm ready."