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The Good Life - 01/30/2023 - Deep warmth after the cold *

Yumiko and I worked hard yesterday getting ready for our trip, topping off our Santa sack of omiyage gifts and deciding what clothes we will bring and how to pack everything. And while Yumiko shopped and packed, I worked on the computer to refine our day to day itinerary, adding landmark waypoints along our three day driving journey from the west to the east coast of the Izu Peninsula, plotting on the map the locations of the akiya homes we want to see and arranging things in logistically sound order. Yumiko also spent time reviewing restaurants where we can eat, asking me what I want to enjoy and enduring my less than helpful answer “everything!” I think we’re nearly ready to go.

This will truly be a holiday with a mission, though not a mission so firm we can’t improvise along the way. We’ll be like two kids coloring a life adventure with broad, bold crayons; creating a more impromptu picture of fun, journey and transition at age fifty-eight than we might possibly have pulled off at any age younger than the age we are just now.


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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