I’ve skipped my ocean swim three days now due to the storms and the big waves. But mostly it’s the strong ocean currents which I see swirling just beyond the sand. These scare me, as I’m not strong like I once was. As a result of not going in, both my body and my mind are sulking a bit, like children denied a favorite toy. My arms and legs and torso are slowly returning to their default configuration of mid-life weakness and flab. And my skin is feeling dry again like winter—scratchy, pale and rough, not smooth, glossy and clean like it feels when I first emerge from the cold sea, which feeling then stays with me all day ‘til tomorrow’s plunge does vitalize again. And I feel my muscles becoming no longer tight and strong from the exertion of swimming, running and doing sit-ups and push-ups on the sand. And my hair is becoming darker without its daily salty, sunlight bleech. And most of all, the failing mental vitality of not suffering—and surviving—a cold plunge into tumbling winter waves where I can linger some seconds in tense, cold, dark and churning peace. Yup, three days without this and I feel myself going back to normal, back to what I was before this beach life regime began. Perhaps today I’ll return again into the sea? Though I know I won’t if it’s dangerous. I’ll just skip and go downhill again one more day. It’s the smarter, more mature thing to do, after all. But soon these big storms will pass and I will safely return again into the water, to perhaps reclaim the better health which seemingly comes of going daily down and into the sea.
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 GoingAlone.org or by reading my book Going Alone. And visit our Discord at: https://lnkd.in/gFgfGmY6
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.