When you long for something or someone, do you think of that longing as having a particular location? Do you store it somewhere, such as your heart, mind, soul, or journal? I don’t feel as if my yearnings have specific addresses; they seem all-pervasive. But the following word hints at the idea that desire is actually lodged (宿) somewhere!
宿望 (shukubō: long-cherished desire) to lodge + desire
This may have something to do with the nuances of 宿 (SHUKU, yado: to lodge), which also appears in two words synonymous with 宿望:
宿志 (shukushi: longstanding desire) to lodge + purpose
We’ve seen 志 in both 意志 (ishi: will, intention, determination, intention + to intend) and 志望 (shibō: wish, desire, ambition, ambition + to aspire). Working with Halpern’s definitions, I’ve defined this kanji a little differently all three times!
宿願 (shukugan: longstanding desire) to lodge + desire
You may recognize 願 as the central part of お願い (onegai: wish). GAN is an on-yomi of 願, and we see this yomi again here:
願望 (ganbō: wish, desire) desire + wish
Aha! We’ve come full circle, returning to 望!
If you also want to return to the idea that wishes can be stored somewhere inside a person, check out this word:
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