You might look inside yourself and think you know yourself, but over many decades you can change in ways you won’t see ahead of time. Don’t assume you know who you will become. This applies all the more to folks around you. You may know who they are now, but not who they will become. —Robin Harris
I love this quote more every time I read it. I also think it captures an important element of recovery work.
Bill White wrote that the earliest moments of the treatment relationship must communicate, “We accept who you are and who you can become.”
It takes a combination of humility and hope that isn’t easy to come by.