1: to long or hope for
2 (a): to express a wish for: REQUEST; (b) archaic: to express a wish to: ASK
3 obsolete: INVITE
4 archaic: to feel the loss of



Desire (v.): early 13th century, from Old French desirer wish, desire, long for,” from Latin desiderarelong for, wish for; demand, expect,” original sense perhaps “await what the stars will bring,” from the phrase de siderefrom the stars,” from sidusheavenly body, star, constellation” (related to: consider).



“I have a deeply hidden and inarticulate desire for something beyond the daily life.”

Virginia Woolf (1882-1941, “English writer whose novels, through their nonlinear approaches to narrative, exerted a major influence on the genre.”)

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Desire is half of life; indifference is half of death.”

Kahlil Gibran (1883-1931, Lebanese-American artist, poet, and writer; best known for writing the 1923 book, “The Prophet”)

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“You can have anything you want if you want it badly enough. You can be anything you want to be, do anything you set out to accomplish if you hold to that desire with singleness of purpose.”

Abraham Lincoln (1809-1865, 16th President of the United States, who in 1861 issued the Emancipation Proclamation that declared forever free those slaves within the Confederacy)

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“My desire and wish is that the things I start with should be so obvious that you wonder why I spend my time stating them. This is what I aim at because the point of philosophy is to start with something so simple as not to seem worth stating, and to end with something so paradoxical that no one will believe it.”

Bertrand Russell (1872-1970, British philosopher, logician, essayist and social critic, best known for his work in mathematical logic and analytic philosophy)

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“Ultimately, it is the desire, not the desired, that we love.”

Friedrich Nietzsche (1844-1900, “German philosopher of the late 19th century who challenged the foundations of Christianity and traditional morality”)

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“It was the only thing I ever really wanted. And that’s the sin that can’t be forgiven--that I hadn’t done what I wanted. It feels so dirty and pointless and monstrous, as one feels about insanity, because there’s no sense to it, no dignity, nothing but pain--and wasted pain...why do they always teach us that it’s easy and evil to do what we want and that we need discipline to restrain ourselves? It’s the hardest thing in the world--to do what we want. And it takes the greatest kind of courage.”

Ayn Rand (1905-1982, Russian-American novelist, philosopher, playwright, and screenwriter; best known for writing “The Fountainhead” and “Atlas Shrugged” and for developing a philosophical system called, “Objectivism”)

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“Why is discipline important? Discipline teaches us to operate by principle rather than desire. Saying no to our impulses (even the ones that are not inherently sinful) puts us in control of our appetites rather than vice versa. It deposes our lust and permits truth, virtue, and integrity to rule our minds instead.”

John F. MacArthur Jr. (b. 1939, pastor-teacher of Grace Community Church in Sun Valley, California, as well as an author, conference speaker, and president of The Master’s University and Seminary)

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“I have a deeply hidden and inarticulate desire for something beyond the daily life.”

Virginia Woolf


Don’t we all want meaningful lives filled with wonder and enchantment, days that surprise and mystify?

You know that old saying: “What we search for searches for us!”   We must not only be on the lookout, but stay awake for the nuances, filter through the minutia that leads us to the refine moments of our days.  This entails being mindful and be able to transcend beyond our normal emotional tirades.

We must discipline ourselves by making happiness, peace and contentment our baselines, our normalcy.  When we are able to do so, we will be clear of when we fall below and rise above that line. We will also have the strength to see what we expect.

Oftentimes, if we choose to have an extraordinary day, those events will come about, effortlessly.  If we expect to laugh through our days, our minds will search for those potentialities until circumstances align.

Even less joyful events can offer gifts.

A couple of years ago, I went to the dentist to get a routine cleaning.  But when I arrived home my right side of my face was swollen.  When I couldn’t get a hold of my dentist, I called my physician immediately, and she sent me to the emergency room.  Her office manager was amazing and called ahead to expect me.  I still had to wait about 2-3 hours before they examined me and give me antibiotics.  But, while I waited some of the most loving strangers I ever met surrounded me and began to interact with me.

One young woman sat with her death and mute grandmother and lovingly took care of her and translated her while the grandmother and I talked.  Nearby, also sat a young man who had dislocated a couple of bones in his hand.  An American, he was a football player who now played in Canada.  I had no idea they played professional football there.  He informed me that the pay wasn’t as good as good as the NFL, but he made a descent salary of about $60K.

A couple of my life’s desires is to meet new people and to learn something new every day.  Nothing gives me greater joy, even in the midst of my challenges.

Sojourner, let us all desire to have fulfilling lives, aligned with beautiful inner and outer possibilities.

Much Love, Tonya








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