I Write. Therefore I Am

by Patrick Liew on September 15, 2019

I Write. Therefore I Am.

Rene Descartes was famously quoted for the philosophical statement, Cogito ergo sum which means I think. Therefore, I am.

I like to rephrase these words and apply them in a different context, Scribo ergo sum.

It means I write. Therefore, I am.

I have learned a long time ago that I am not smart.

When my mind is unclear, I need to pen my thoughts.

Sometimes, I wonder if those words were crafted by my mind or is my mind shaped by my words.

I suppose it’s a combination of both factors.

As I write, my mind would sort out my thoughts and my thoughts would sort out my mind. It helped me formulate new framework, concepts and ideas.

Therefore I write.

I write when I need to plan and do something important.

I also write when I can’t sleep and sometimes during wee hours of the morning – like right now while writing this article.

Since I was a kid, I have been keeping a diary.

My diary has become one of my closest and most treasured companions.

(For the sake of the Generation Y’ers, keeping a diary is the ancestor of blogging).

When I had my first and only puppy love, I lend the diaries to my girlfriend to show that I valued her and wanted to share my life with her.

When we parted ways, she broke my heart a second time by throwing my diaries away.

I’m glad I did not marry out of puppy love.

I will be living a dog’s life.

Joke’s aside, that experience almost killed my desire to keep a diary.

Fortunately, after awhile, I started to write again – until I almost hit another brick wall.

In the past, I would leave my diary very much in the open and never under lock and key.

One evening, over dinner, I almost fell off my chair when my daughter recounted some of my past experiences.

That was when I discovered she was no longer a “baby girl” – she had been reading my diary.

Initially, I would capture my experiences in words.

Then, I started to reflect about their meanings and significance.

When I was much older, putting thoughts to words helped me to conceptualise my philosophy and mindset – and to also ensure that my mind is never permanently and wrongly set.

In recent times, I discovered New Media, including websites, blogs, tweeters and of course – Facebook.

I could collect feedback and suggestions and fine tune my knowledge base, and share them with my friends.

Journaling became a 24/7 blogging experience and took on a different meaning and if I may add, it also lifted me to a different level of thought processes.

I can also record my reflections and post them in multimedia format, using photos, videos and all the wonderful features of social media.

As a 200 year-old dinosaur (T-Rex species), I have tried to live as transparently as I can by stripping my mind naked.

Against many cautions, I made myself vulnerable through my sharing, including my less-than-desired command of the English language and carelessness in correcting typographical errors.

Obviously, some people have abused my trust and used my words against me.

Others have taken my words at face value and even out of context and created other challenges for me.

They failed to recognize that my blog posts are not a part of my social compact.

They are but words coming out from an evolving mind, and my mind continues to change with new information and other considerations.

Blogging has helped to fine tune my presuppositions and worldview.

Craft mental maps so that I could better track through the terrains of life – although I am mindful that these mental maps could be wrong and have to be updated over time.

Through reflections, I have been able to re-think past experiences and their significance to me.

Learned that every one of the experiences happened for a reason and purpose, and they add new meanings to my life.

Experiences are like lamp posts that helped me travel through the highways of life.

Looking back, some of the painful experiences are some of the best learning experiences and turning points in my life.

Critical self-reflection is one of the best ways for me to learn and improve. It helps me to change myself and get better results.

In the process, I went through a healing process and came to terms with past events.

It brought peace to my heart and helped me reach out to others who were undergoing similar situations and challenges.

As I endeavour to blog about the highlights in my life, I realized that miracles happened every day – if I look out for them and are mindful about them.

I became more grateful and thankful to our Creator for being alive and for all the beautiful moments that add colour and spices to the tapestry of life.

Through the Internet, I found a 24/7 friend that can help me bridge and build relationships.

Engage my family members, friends and colleagues and build a stronger bond with them.

In my heart of hearts, I hope one day, my daughters, nephews and nieces will read my blogs and understand my innermost thoughts.

They will avoid my follies and foolishness and will not repeat my fears and failures.

Prayerfully, they will find nuggets of wisdom – purified hopefully through the crucibles of life.

As a result, they will be able to go farther and faster on their journey to reach the stars in their lives.

In writing, I hope to use my Barnabas gifting to inspire others to greatness.

This is also to fulfill a prophesy that was delivered to me by an American-born Korean.

He told me, “You are called to be #2 – to help others to become #1.”

Through blogging, I found that I can walk into the “digital coffee shops” of the new economy 24/7.

Make new friends and just as importantly, reach out to them and fulfill my personal mission to inspire them to greatness.

So, my fellow travelers, how can I use my blogposts to help you enjoy and win in the wonderful game of life?



I hope this message will find a place in your heart.

By the way, I have also recorded other reflections.

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