What makes the ending unknown and hopeful is whether or not the particular person is going to step up to the standards set. When we establish a standard, we have drawn a line in the sand for people to deal with. Whether or not they will is up to them. It is unknown and hopeful because sometimes they will. Other times, they don’t. Either way, the pruning has happened, and you did not reject anyone.
Dr. Henry Cloud from Necessary Endings