Friday, April 29, 2016

Yearning #atozchallenge

"Angus finished typing and leaned back on his chair, a huge sigh deflating his lungs. It had taken eight months for him to conclude the story he had initially begun on a whim. Perhaps it had been a subconscious yearning to try to make sense of his feelings. A reflection on the greatest mistake he had ever made: cheating on Cassy. Tyson had read his first chapter and almost exploded with anger, shocked and bewildered not only by the content but also by Angus’ stated intention to publish this record of his opprobrium.  What was it exactly, that Angus was attempting with these disturbingly honest words?"
Lovesick chapter 55

To the best of my knowledge there are only three words in English which have the ‘earn’ combination of letters; the sound of which is more typically represented by the letters ‘urn.’ Due to the fact that the A to Z Challenge is nearly over, and I have run out of deep philosophical musings and profound metaphors (at least for the time being), I am going to attempt to link these three words. I may be about to draw a very long bow, but it won’t be the first time.

Yearn means to want or desire. It is stronger than want, and probably more forceful than desire as well. The other two aforementioned words are ‘earn’ and ‘learn’. Both of these words suggest work. In the case of earn, we have to do something to get something, for example we have to work to earn money, and we have to work to gain knowledge, that is, to learn.

So how does yearning relate to work? I don’t know. Maybe you have some ideas. If so, I’d love to hear them.


  1. I like the excerpt and the first quote really speaks to me. I never thought of the parallel between yearning and learning. Cool! :)

  2. I found the quotes after I finished the post, and was wondering how, if at all, they connected. Just a little ironic, I think.

  3. The quote really has merit. It does seem to work that way. Did not get to your blog much this challenge. Boo! Dumb me wrote every post the night before. Major burnout. Hope to see you around the blogosphere.

  4. I'm impressed Sharon. Yours were not lightweight posts either. Plenty of research there. I laud your commitment. Enjoy your post A to Z rest.

  5. I think these words link together nicely. You yearn for, say a nice house. You learn the skills that allow you to get a high paying job and then you earn the money to buy the house

    1. Brilliant Debbie. Exactly right. Good example. Thanks for visiting and for taking the time to comment.