Thursday, December 04, 2008


I had lunch with a friend of mine this week who has lost a few hundred thousand (maybe millions) in this interesting economic environment we are currently in. I asked him how he was doing. He told me that for a time he felt pretty low but then decided to "do something about it". I perked up not because of what he's going to do (I have no idea what he's going to do) I perked up because of his attitude. He had taken a pretty big blow but then decided to deal with it, which didn't surprise because one thing I know about my friend is that he might get knocked down but he won't stay there. He has what I like to call recoverability. OK, so I think I got that term from Dr Henry Cloud who might have gotten from some computer data company because that's where it sounds like it came from but the point is, I like it. Recoverability. The ability to rebound, get up, start over... to recover. My friend has it.

Dr Cloud says as our bodies metabolize food, using the good and eliminating the bad, so we have to learn to metabolize our experiences. Use the good, learn from it. Get rid of the toxic bad. Don't dwell on it. Don't live there. Recover.

Matthew 11:28 - "Are you tired? Worn out? Burned out on religion? Come to me. Get away with me and you'll recover your life."

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Vonita Hill said...

Recoverability...reminds me of a book within a book I read once. I think the title was "Job".

Recoverability...could include grief and questions and an "I'll trust you God, because you say you are God" resolve.

Comforting thought...we can never loose the "Recoverer". HE sticks closer than...well, closer than...ummm closer than anything I can think of! And I'm glad it's HIS ability and not mine that get's me back on track.

Anyway, good stuff, Jonathan Foster! Keep the blog going. I'll read from time to time. Be sure to give my love to that brave and beautiful wife of yours. It's been a long while since MNU (MANC) days.

Jonathan Foster said...

good point... recoverability is dependent upon the recoverer. i love making up words.

thanks. great to hear from you. yes, it's been a while... like the last century!