Just One Thing

Perdita Masters
4 min readAug 6, 2022
image Abi Evans

I like wise sayings, mottos, and phrases to live by.

It’s different from being a self-help fan. I’ve been there, read those books, worn that t-shirt. Self-help is a rabbit warren that is fun for a bit but it can make you feel a whole lot worse, or it can zap all your time, energy and money chasing it.

Occasionally I’ll read a book like Self-Confidence by Paul McGee, or The Subtle Art of Not Giving a Fuck by Mark Manson but I find them a bit self-indulgent and admittedly these particular examples are on my bookshelf still unopened.

A motto or phrase hits differently. Maybe it’s because I like playing with language. I admire when some can encapsulate a whole feeling or a big idea within one short sentence. I mean, how clever is that, to impart wisdom that carries great meaning in just a few words?

I saw a great one posted by Shannon Ashley on Medium earlier today… ‘Your feelings are not facts’. So true! My feelings are up, down, all over the place. I know my feelings lie to me and I mustn’t trust them, especially if I’m tired.

Another great one — so simple yet so true… Never go food shopping on an empty stomach.

And another that I live by… Never go to sleep on an argument with a loved one.