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The Good Life - 02/13/2023 - Anxiety returns *

The last twenty-four hours since coming back have been hard. But, that’s to be expected after a good vacation, right? As it’s difficult giving up freedom in order to climb back up on the hamster wheel of work and responsibility and paying bills and doing taxes and all the rest. But I’m already on the wheel and running, and things will be fine and normal again by this time next week, possibly sooner, maybe by this afternoon. I know me, and I know that hard work at a difficult job does wonders to recover my spirit and good sense. So, I’m ready to do it—bring on the day!

But, there’s another thread of thought more alive now than before our trip last week to Japan, that is the idea—reality, maybe—that this current life is on a hard trajectory to come to an end. This was just an idea two weeks back, though now it’s something more real. It’s like the reality of sending astronauts to orbit the moon once before returning there later with another mission to attempt a real landing. Yumiko and I have now completed our one time orbit of a new life in Japan and successfully reconnoitered a safe landing zone and way down to the surface. All that remains now is the timing and execution, which still might take years—though what fun we will have until then, planning and scheming and dreaming of our next Great Life Adventure together.

But until then, it’s time to get back to work and do my difficult job with energy, enthusiasm, competence and a most deep and abiding gratitude for the chance to contribute and do well. It’s time now…to work.


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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