Having experienced unemployment on numerous occasions, in particular after her resignation from Green Crosses, Joy was especially sensitive to her condition. She felt that all people had the right to work – even more, to have work that was satisfying and rewarding. Humans had created a social system in which a person’s identity was closely related to the job or profession he or she practised. If you didn’t have work it was as if you had lost your identity and your worth. People didn’t know how to interact with you any more. They immediately made assumptions that you were lazy or not good enough. Of course Joy recognised that these perspectives were erroneous. Worth and identity came from inner qualities and a person’s ability to respond positively in moments of crisis and difficulty – like this one.
“If people want to find work but can’t, life can’t possibly be about what you do. That just wouldn’t be fair,” said Joy, looking up at Gino – still nestled in his arms. “So if life’s not about what you do, I guess it’s proof that life’s about who you innately are.”
Excerpt from “My Name is Joy”