Slow recovery?

When word comes that a slumping economy is showing signs of recovery, spirits start to rise. But it can be a little like the announcement that begins, "There's some good news and some bad news." No sooner are we breathing a sigh of relief over some sign that things are looking up than we hear, almost like a reminder, that recovery will be slow.

Maybe we find areas of our own lives fitting a similar pattern. A dispute, for instance, is on its way to being resolved when suddenly there's another setback; a physical difficulty shows signs of improvement yet seems to linger on and on. Are we right to assume that recovery of any kind must run its own course, which is likely to be slow or incomplete?

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