Capture the path to recovery to iterate & improve.
What do we recover from the recovery? What discoveries await?
I would argue that we need a record of the recovery to truly recover. And a record of what happened before the recovery to fully understand where we were, where we are in the now, where we need to recover, and what we hope to recover.
Where we're going after the recovery can come later, but the record of our recovery is the only way to understand the discoveries we’ll recover, the discoveries that will be made possible through the recovery.
So how do we record the recovery? We serve the words. We help them recover their true nature. We help them become their full selves again, as Paz tells us.
When we can put our words down on the page, we achieve two things.
First, we release the words, we relieve the burden of thinking these words, we get to decide if that's how we really feel, and if that's what we really need to recover from.
And next, we plant seeds: while we're focused on the words of the recovery, the words we choose are actually working double duty. As we record our recovery in words, we are generating future discoveries and potential, we are writing our way out of the recovery.
So what do we recover from the recovery? A belief, really. We've exhausted ourselves, run our receptors ragged, and now struggle to notice the sensations all around us. We've made it hard for ourselves to keep moving, keep believing in the sensations and discoveries that await.
So when we can record these sensations we encounter on our path to exhaustion, and our arrival at the point of recovery, we can learn more about them through the words we've used to describe them. We can renew our belief in these words we’ve used as we arrive at the point of recovery.
To record the recovery is hard work. But that's where the magic happens.
When we make a habit of connecting to the words and to their true nature, we can make a habit of recovery. We can get more comfortable with the ups and downs, the constant changes and challenges, and we can develop a language we’ll use to infuse meaning beyond the recovery.
Once those seeds have been planted, we’ll be ready to harvest the potential within each cycle of recovery, which will allow us to iterate on the process of recovery, get better at recovering, and ultimately transform the act of recovery into one of our greatest strengths.