By Marc Gafni
From Your Unique Self:
Joy is your life energy. Joy is a by-product of Unique Self living.
Joy, as we have seen, is realized as the natural by-product of the passionate pursuit of something other than happiness.
What is that other thing that you pursue passionately that is not joy, that is a by-product of its pursuit? Of course, you must pursue virtue, goodness, integrity, depth, values—all necessary, but insufficient to give you joy. It’s not just virtue, goodness, integrity, and depth that you need to pursue; you must pursue your virtue, goodness, integrity, and depth, that is to say, your story.
Joy is a by-product of Unique Self living.
The Chinese taught us that joy is chi, joy is energy. In Hebrew mysticism, joy is called chiyut, which means “vital energy,” or “life force.” So both the Chinese tradition and the Hebrew mystical tradition use virtually the same root word to allude to joy.