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Tuesday, January 19, 2010
Recuperation vs. wholeness
We live in a culture that firmly believes that recovery consists of as brief a physical healing process as possible, followed by getting right back on the horse. We prize the stoic, Marlboro man, fade to black, everything's all right, it's just a flesh wound attitude.
But in his article Times reporter Dana Jennings describes his need to slow down, despite his impulse to take care of business as usual. He was "physically game," but unable to focus. "I couldn’t make sense of my cancer-blasted interior landscape," he says. He felt the world was speeding up as he was slowing down.
Eventually he realized, "I had to remove daily pressures from my psyche," Jennings says.
The article left me with the feeling that time does indeed heal all wounds, but the psychic, spiritual, soulful mending will take far longer than the physical.
I've had positive feedback on the article from Diane and two other cancer-surviving friends: All have experienced what Jennings describes.