Like a tree planted by the river

“Like a tree planted by the river, I shall not be moved.” If there was a formula for my favorite quotes, it might be: ⁣

Natural imagery + Precise diction + Philosophical meditation = Amazing ⁣

This weekend, I listened to Braving the Wilderness by Brene Brown while I got my walk on. At one point, she writes about this line from a poem by Dr. Maya Angelou. When I heard it, I stopped waking and replayed that section again. Then I stopped the recording and and let Dr. Angelou’s words echo in my head the rest of the way home. I want to be that tree. Planted strong no matter how the waters of life churn around me.⁣

"Consistency is the playground of dull minds.”

Published by Emily P.G. Erickson

Emily P.G. Erickson is a freelance writer specializing in mental health and parenting. She has written for popular digital publications, including Everyday Health, Health, The New York Times, Parents, Romper, Verywell Mind, WIRED, and more. Emily is a professional member of the National Association of Science Writers (NASW), the American Society of Journalists and Authors (ASJA), and the Association of Health Care Journalists (AHCJ). Previously, Emily researched PTSD for the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs and earned a master's in psychology. You can find the latest from Emily at

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