Three of my cleints are graduating from the program today. I've seen a lot of graduations over the years. Some mean more than others. You see the people that you think might have a shot at it, but have a lot of work left to do. You see the people that never really engaged and you don't expect to make it (and often later hear that they didn't). And you see the people that you believe have done the hard work but still have too many stressors and risks to get a really good feeling about.
And every now and again, you see the people that you believe, way down in your gut, are the real deal. For various reasons, they've really got it. Maybe they had it to begin with because of the help of the fellowship of AA or NA, and you just got to point out a few other tips and tools they could incorporate. Or maybe they've struggled with each and every step they gained and you really feel like you trully helped them, instead of just watched.
One way or another, you know that you are a part of their success story. Maybe a small part, maybe just a foot note, or maybe a really major charactor in the play. One way or another, you were a part of it. You got to witness- and this sounds horficially cheesy but I swear it's accurate- the miracle of recovery.
It feels really great on a professional level, that's a given. Any success feels somewhat good on a professional level because you were involved. But this- for the first time in a long time- feels really, really good on a personal level. As a human being I am grateful to have had a conncetion with these people. As a human being I feel blessed to have been part of their journey. As me, I feel more grateful than I can possibly express.