Frary: A letter to my clients
Thank you for allowing me to use my gifts, talents and skills. By the age of 12, I knew “what I wanted to be when I grew up.” Your presence in my office allows me to fulfill my dream.
Thank you for forgiving me for being human, for allowing me to have the occasional bad day. When I come in grouchy or annoyed by the traffic, you are patient with me. The days a bug has taken away my voice, you listen more attentively (though I know you are also really enjoying the change!).
Thank you for forgiving me when I don’t have all the answers. Because I don’t have all the answers. I can use the Google machine with the best of them, but more than that I seek out answers from other community service providers who are experts in their fields. When I don’t have the answers, I know someone will. We will find the answers together.
Thank you for letting me see you make progress. Sometimes in life, and work, we simply get the pleasure of “planting seeds we never see grow.” But when you stay with me long enough for the seed to be nourished by its many resources, I get to observe beauty; I get a courtside seat to God’s plan unfolding in your life.
Thank you for trusting me with your fears, secrets, resentments, lofty goals, hopes and dreams. I hold your confidences with pride.
Thank you for letting me in. When you open up a window in what was previously a steel-reinforced fortress, I am grateful. I understand how difficult this type of vulnerability is and don’t take it lightly.
Thank you for keeping me on my toes. Just when I think I’ve heard it all ...
Thank you for teaching me. You teach me every day. I learn about you and your experiences. I learn about the diagnoses we treat, but more so about the humanity in each of us. Considering a new perspective pushes me out of my comfort zone. You teach me, too, about myself personally and professionally.
Thank you for your honesty. It is never easy to be honest and know that there will be consequences. It is never easy to be honest and feel the guilt and shame of one’s past. But the reality becomes that it is honesty that sets us free to make more progress, to grow more beautifully than we could imagine.
Thank you for making me laugh. Oh, do you make me laugh!
Thank you for engaging in growth, learning and processing. Whether we meet once, twice or 100 times.