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 major digital publications, including Everyday Health, Health, The New York Times, Parents, Romper, WIRED, and more. Emily is a professional member of the American Society of Journalists and Authors (ASJA) and the Association of Health Care Journalists (AHCJ). Formerly a mental health researcher, Emily also holds a master's degree in psychology. You can find the latest from Emily at

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