What do you truly yearn for?

Sometimes I go floating down the stream of life, carried along in the currents of circumstance, and I don’t really put myself on pause to figure out what I truly yearn for. I was very heavily trained to be grateful for what I had and what I received. I was not so trained for getting what I want or even dreaming about what I want.

I know a lot of people like that. We have a rough idea of what we would like, of what would please us, but we have no specific vision we embrace and certainly not a plan. Our life is often being flown on auto-pilot and we respond to the needs and wishes of others.

I think one of the best techniques for getting what you want is to express it, at least to the person who matters the most — you!

What do you truly yearn for?


Put your life on pause.

Brainstorm what you truly yearn for.

Write it all down.

Get it out of your brain cooker and put it on paper or computer file.

Optional: Visit it frequently to stay focused on what you truly yearn for.

Optional: Make pretty charts and grafts.


I don’t always do what I recommend. This time, however, I am doing it. I decided to do the things that I recommend other people do.

Wow, what a concept!

4 thoughts on “What do you truly yearn for?

  1. Suzan says:

    Most of the time I am not in a place where I can admit that I need anything. I have a whole laundry list of what I want. Let’s look at need versus want and pick that one apart…if you will. It is the age old argument of destiny and free will. What I know for certain is that I have not chosen to feel empty inside but I do. I have a vehicle that I drive on a daily basis. It takes me too and from a variety of different places which are a choice but looking up at just the right time, just in the NICK of time to avoid a crash or flattening a pedestrian…is that also a choice? I think not. It is a divine intervention proving that destiny is a definite yet plausible theory. There is a paradigm for ya.

    Just for kicks, let’s just imagine that destiny is at every crossroad. When approaching the intersections in life, are we choosing to go this way or that and after we make the choice are we destined to fall over the cliff or choosing for our brakes to fail?

    Ok, so as far as being on autopilot most of the time, yes I am. Why is that? Because there is no intervention causing me to turn off the robot and take the wheel myself. Ok peeps take the wheel and steer a truer course for your lifes fulfillment. Do it now! Take off your armor and hug someone.

    • Joshua Bagby says:

      Thank you, Suzan, for your comment. Looking forward to some armorless hugging with you the day we steer our vehicles into a harmonious time and space.

      What I have learned re: thinking about destiny myself is that my cosmic outlook is definitely influenced by my current life status. I get a much different take on the cosmos if I am lonely or blue than when I am creative, stimulated, and intrigued. The world can look pretty grim when I focus on what I am missing out on, not getting, or how evil seems to rule the world. I do so much better when I focus on what makes my heart sing yippity-doo-dah.

      Still. as optimistic as I can be, I am still subject to the blues. That’s when I usually turn to spirituality for my morale boost. It helps me greatly to conceive of this as Earth School. I seem to rally better when I conceive of the emptiness as a canvas for me to paint something beautiful on. Right now, for example, I am still in a pretty lonely state looking to break out of my cocoon to find the joy. It inspires me to paint pretty mind pictures of armorless hugging, you know?

  2. farleysmom says:

    Hi Joshua,

    I can definitely relate to a lot of what you’re saying. And I agree with your idea of Earth school. I too am in the process of trying to figure out what I truly yearn for and also, what gifts I have to share. Having others to help us along the way is very important so thanks for looking to start up a community of support.

    • Joshua Bagby says:

      Thank you for the comment. I feel it is important for us to look at changing some of the paradigms that keep us separated from each other and isolated in our little booths. I hear from individuals about their particular situations and wonder why we can’t help each other more. Good luck in your quest to figure out what you truly yearn for. ~Joshua

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