Responding with joy is the path.
The joy counts. Nothing else does.
Know your own response to your own work and to the work of others.
To recall in one's own mind past concrete experience is not circling. It is the path.
Experiences recalled are generaly more satisfying and enlightening than the original experience.
It is in fact the only way to know one's response.
The straight forward path is extremely hard to maintain.
Only joyful discoveries count.
If you are not making them then you are not moving.