The dictionary defines recovery as 1) a return to a normal state of health, mind, or strength and 2) the action or process of regaining possession or control of something stolen or lost.
“After Surgery in Germany, I Wanted Vicodin, Not Herbal Tea” by Firoozeh Dumas talks about how recovery from medical procedures is different in other countries and what we might learn.
Recovery can mean a lot of things to a lot of people, but at the heart of it all recovery is about healing and returning to a state of “normalcy”. We often try to rush recovery. We don’t often celebrate it for what it is. We don’t always give it the chance to transform us.
This opinion piece from The New York Times by Firoozeh Dumas is about how recovering from surgery in Germany is different from recovery in the United States.
Sometimes recover can be hard and uncomfortable but we need that pain to help us see what’s wrong and to correct or move past it.
May we hold space for recovery in our lives and the lives of others. May we understand that it is not an overnight process. May we sit with discomfort. May we accept the transformation recovery has to offer.
Picture Credit: Rosalie Stroesser in the New York Times