Do what is in front of you

Do what is in front of you. Not what’s years or days or hours or even seconds away. Just what’s right here. Right now. I personally spend a lot of time not in the here and now. My brain likes to go roaming into the future. To plan where my 3-year-old will go to preschool. To plan a (kids free) vacation for my husband and I…in 2023. Sometimes I’m so busy with these types of plans that I forget to be where I am. So today I’m reminding myself to look up and look around and engage with that.

Published by Emily P.G. Erickson

Emily P.G. Erickson is a writer with a master's degree in psychology. Her service journalism and personal essays about mental health, mindfulness, and motherhood have appeared in The New York Times, WIRED, Romper, Elemental, and elsewhere. You can find the latest from Emily at

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