Knowing what to ignore

I just finished reading Homo Deus by Yuval Noah Harari and this is one of the closing lines. It really hit home for me, as I’ve been working to deliberately cultivate what I attend to and what I ignore. Part of the difficulty is that knowing is a dynamic process — sometimes it’s important to attend to the very things we should ignore other times and vice versa. Tonight, as I sit here finishing this caption to post first thing tomorrow, I’m going to use my power to ignore the last 100 or so words I feel like I should write and attend to some self care (see: take a shower, go to bed before midnight) because I think the truth is that is most important right now. ❤️⁣

having power means knowing what to ignore

Published by Emily P.G. Erickson

Emily P.G. Erickson is a writer with a master's degree in psychology. She crafts thoughtful, compassionate essays about culture, mental health, mindfulness, and motherhood. Her writing has appeared in Scary Mommy, Motherly, Motherwell, and more. You can find the latest from Emily at

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