Patience is a Virtue


I write when I feel emotionally intensified like being extremely sad. I can’t seem to write the word melancholic because it seems it would take a long time to subside. My feelings usually last for one or two days only, after that I can be my myself again, a positive thinker, who feels happy inside-out, a diligent laborer striving to learn something everyday and a dreamer. Looking back, I would always have a journal to write bits and pieces of my thoughts and feelings because having a laptop then was way too MSInfoexpensive for my parents to afford. It was a simple 30 leaves notebook with very huge lines like the ones in the 1st grade. That wasn’t too long ago, though.

When I was in my high school years, i dreamed of having a lot of books. I studied in a remote coastal area gratefully raised by my Grandparents in a rural area of Southern Philippines, Mindanao. My classes end at 5pm and together with my friends we would walk home passing by the public library of tiny but untroubled municipality. I recall my amusement of the hardbound books I found there particularly the Grolier encyclopedia with such shiny and colorful pages. I was charmed and dreamed of having one. I am not claiming to be a voracious reader but I just have this urge of possessing books even until now. We would come to the public library for research and homework now and then until I came across this three books bundled in a box. It was a thesaurus a book of proverbs and a dictionary. All I can remember was the red hardbound proverbs book. It contained very inspiring lines that I wrote them alphabetically in a notebook so I can read it because I have to return the book after a day of borrowing it so other students can take it from the shelf as well. Since then, I wanted to write.

There is an inexplicable joy in writing for me. Discovering the things that I want to write about is the most challenging part of this attempt. I know I have so many things to learn about it. Indeed, it is challenging but I know it is worth the while.

Friday Fun — What drives you to write?


I have not written so much at this point in my life but everytime I shared my piece they would say I could write. I feel elated when I hear them appreciate my work and I am dead serious in enhancing what I have. To me writing is a channel of our soul. It is the manifestation of our emotions and our whole being. The outpour of our ups and downs and other peoples perception of life. It is how we record the things that surround us and its effect to ourselves or certain people and how we react on it.

Live to Write - Write to Live

Friday Fun is a group post from the writers of the NHWN blog. Each week, we’ll pose and answer a different, get-to-know-us question. We hope you’ll join in by providing your answer in the comments.

QUESTION: This is a “Big Question,” but we’re going to ask anyway – in a light-hearted and stress-free way: What is your biggest motivator to write? Is it curiosity? A need to communicate? A desire to educate, entertain, or influence? Fame and fortune? 

headshot_jw_thumbnailJamie Wallace:My answer to this question is always evolving, but I think that mostly I write in order to figure things out and create connections. Journaling was my first writing love. I began journaling to capture experiences, but soon graduated to processing experiences – exploring my feelings, the context of what had happened on a broader stage, the history of ideas and happenings. Today, most of what I write continues to…

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