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When Something Doesn’t Work

I’m reading a book called Job’s Body: A Handbook For Bodywork. It’s by a very smart man named Deane Juhan. It kind of reads like Dune to me, in that there’s a Big Giant Thought in nearly every paragraph.

Today I wanted to share a quote with you from the book that I find absolutely perfect:

Our pains announce deficiencies, excesses, breakages, displacements, shifting balances within the complexities of our organic lives, and often in order to resolve them we have to learn something about these complicated inter-dependencies.

When a thing doesn’t work, we must find out how it should work before we can make it work again, and herein is the spur for a great deal of human progress, and for that peculiarly potent satisfaction of having found the way out of the maze, of discovering a solution to the problem. For this experience of self-examination and revelation, we require situations which the experts cannot resolve, situations which throw us back onto our own resources. This is how we learn that we have resources.

Are you as excited about that as I am? I just about jumped out of my chair when I read that.


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  • Zeenat{Positive Provocations} May 15, 2010, 11:12 am

    HI Josh,
    Oh I am excited about this. Its such a perfect quote. Spells out so simply what we truly need to focus on.
    Each of us is so naturally aware of our problems, its solution ;but still, we choose to ignore a simple and obvious solution. I think we are brought up in a society that thinks its natural to panic and go nuts-before the answer is found. And rather than look for the solution within ourself…we love playing the blame game..and then expect something external to solve our problems.
    Oh this quote is too good….I have read it more than 5 times now..and everytime i can take something new from it.
    Thank you for sharing Josh!
    Much Love,

  • Heather May 15, 2010, 2:38 pm

    Uh-oh. . . . Amazon better get ready. . . . . this sounds like another one I may have to read, and that is an awesome and excitable quote. Thanks for this, man, and I hope what you’re reading keeps making you jump up and down with joy!

    • Josh Hanagarne May 15, 2010, 2:44 pm

      Heather, Amazon’s copies are expensive. If you’re going to grab it, Abebooks.com has some very cheap ones.

  • Bill Jones May 15, 2010, 4:13 pm

    I picked up my copy back in 1988. Interesting to see it resurrected here!

  • jean sampson May 15, 2010, 6:13 pm

    Hi Josh—-I have often thought that life pushes us out on a very slender limb and then blocks all the ways we would usually be able to get down out of our “tree”. I often picture myself in that situation and realize that, in order to grow wings, I have to trust life, and saw that limb off! That is my own personal definition of creativity—-it applies to everything, not just to art and writing. Those wings are the resources we didn’t know we had.

  • Steve May 16, 2010, 5:33 am

    Great book! It is one of the books that made me realize we do have our own resources to get better. This book is very personally empowering, while also being technical enough. I just wish I had known about Abebook’s when I bought mine — Amazon is expensive on this one.

  • Bryce May 17, 2010, 8:57 pm

    Awesome, I got chills reading that!