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 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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