Tuesday, April 5, 2011
D is for Desire
Desire: From the Middle English desiren, from Old French desirer, from Latin desiderare, from de + sider or sidus meaning heavenly body or star. An obsolete meaning is invite, while an archaic meaning is, to feel the loss of.
Now it means to express a wish for, request, ask. I wonder if it comes from wishing on a star?
I cruised Wikipedia and found a list of concepts that can be related to desire.
Desire as emotion, a sense of longing or hoping
Desire in philosophy
As greed and one of the seven deadly sins
As Interpersonal attraction
Libido according to Freud and psychoanalysis
As limerence, an involuntary state of intense romantic desire
Motivation is a good one, something we writers need, something that mostly has to come from within ourselves. External motivations can be both a help and a hindrance. I might be motivated to write if someone was lashing me with whips, but would it help me produce good writing? Hmmmmm. I think not. I'd be writing simply to keep from getting whipped. Motivation is subtler than that. It quietly encourages.
I am motivated when my sweetie looks in while I'm working at the computer and I see that little smile on his face, a smile that says he's happy to see me writing. It pleases him, and in turn I am pleased that he is pleased. I am motivated to write more. I am motivated to see that smile.
What motivates you? What is your desire? Do you know the name of the star you wish upon?