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The Good Life - 01/16/2023- Luggage from the sea *

Updated: Jan 22, 2023

Today is a holiday, and I plan to use this free time to perform a mock job of packing for our upcoming trip to Japan. I’ll figure out and arrange my travel wardrobe, including enough sensible clothing for nine days, as well as toiletries and a small dispatch bag to use when we ship our big luggage down to Shizuoka while Yumiko and I enjoy an overnight in Atami. I will also need room in my bag for gifts. I’ll need lots of space for my stuff in fact, and my current suitcase is pretty small. It’s going to be a squeeze.

Yesterday, while jogging on the beach, I came across a nice suitcase which the storm had just that morning tossed up on the beach from inside the sea. And the suitcase had only recently arrived, not being there when I jogged down to the pier and turned around, but there when I came back fifteen-minutes later. Hello!

The suitcase was sticking out of the surf and was being tossing up and down with the waves, and I went in and got quite wet pulling it out—a little afraid of what I might find inside. The case was in good shape and empty, containing only sand, which I mostly removed before hauling the case up to one of the trash barrels along the beach, leaving it outside the can, as the suitcase was too large to put inside. Later, reflecting on my upcoming trip to Japan and my packing dilemma, I thought of how I had missed my chance at a new suitcase for the trip—a sandy gift from the sea to carry my new wardrobe and toiletries and gifts with me to Japan and back. A suitcase with a tale of it’s own journey within the sea and through the storm waves which brought it onto the sands of Huntington Beach. I wonder if it’s still there? Maybe I’ll check for it this morning when I go for my run.

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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