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Day 44 ocean swim

I talked to a thirty-something year old surfer just now, looking down in the dumps by the stairs. He was dripping wet, watching his four buddies tearing up the outside. He told me “Maybe I’ve lost it..? I couldn’t make it out! The current swept me all the way to Ninth Street.” I told him about the two high school seniors I met yesterday, and how they were swept even further to Seventh Street before they gave up and walked back up the beach. Strapping young guys who surfed here all the time, defeated by the sea. That seemed to make him feel better, knowing it wasn’t just him, and he probably hadn’t really lost it. Though losing it we all must surely do. Though I can say firsthand it’s no big deal losing “it” as there isn’t ever any it to really lose. Take me: I’m getting old and my body can’t do like it once did, though I find my “it” where I can—with reading, and working hard at my job, and loving and caring for my wife and our daughter and our two dogs, and being friendly and nice and telling silly jokes and running into the sea each day expressing all the “it” that I can muster. All the rest is simply beside the point, and was never really it to begin with. It is simply what we make it.

The Good Life Meditation is my daily recitation and reminder of personal objectives and principles used in pursuit of a purposeful life in spite of a universe of seeming indifference. Learn more about The Good Life at my website or by reading my book Going Alone. And visit our Discord at:

OBJECTIVES: 1. Be Always Ready to Die 2. Make Good Use of Time and Resources 3. Develop Good and Sound Life Principles 4. Cultivate Good Emotional Reactions 5. Perform Good Actions 6. Recognize True Limits and Opportunity 7. One Thing Slowly

PRINCIPLES: 1. Principle of War 2. Principle of Reason 3. Homunculus 4. Anchorhold 5. Home of Good and Evil 6. Principle of Purpose 7. Atomic Principle 8. Principle of Nature 9. The Pirate Ride 10. Principle of Maturity 11. Social Principle

12. Principle of Family 13. Public Speaking 14. Temperance 15. Life Will Not Go Well 16. The Horror Show 17. That Which Must Be Borne 18. The Feast of Offal 19. Distraction 20. Agency and The Great Indifference 21. The Best Seat in the House 22. The Restless Man 23. The Path of Wildness 24. The Great Life Adventure 25. The Risk of Avoiding Risk 26. Sin and Damnation 27. Complete Oblivion 28. The Season of Philosophy

29. Scriptwriting 30. Bullseye Aim 31. The Uphill Climb 32. Arena and Utility 33. Nothing IS enough 34. The Principle of Fun


My name is Kurt Bell.

You can learn more about The Good Life in my book Going Alone.

Be safe... But not too safe.

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