The Good Life - 02/14/2023 - Anxious, restless & tired *
Such a challenging first day back at work. A real parade of folly, insofar as not realizing the day was a holiday and attending meetings no one came to and issuing email and instant messenger dispatch to a silent work world. The good news is I got all caught up in peace before I realized I was alone. Nevertheless, what a silly fool I was. In the afternoon, I had three doctor’s appointments which I’d planned to cancel before discovering there was no work—I made all three, though I needed to nap in the car due to jet-lag while also struggling with this recent and scary issue of dozing at red lights. I need to drive to the office today and I’m a little scared I might fall asleep on the freeway. But I’ll pull over at the first sign of fatigue and fortify myself with Starbucks upon starting out. I will be safe.
I am worried that my health seems to be suddenly failing, and wondering if I shouldn’t pull the plug and escape to Japan with Yumiko sooner than I’d planned? I feel safer there in a storm. I feel like I could weather serious illness better in Japan than in the USA. I’ve been remembering a lot lately that vision and dream I’ve had for years of the little house beside the tiny shrine with a broom beside the front door to sweep the sacred fallen leaves. I don’t believe in God, though I do enjoy the sentiment, emotion and awe associated with belief—and I would enjoy going down, if I must go down, surrounded by the awe, beauty, and majesty of the deep tradition and past which is everywhere evident in places like Japan. To grow old and die in the old world seems like falling asleep on a thick mattress covered in warm, heavy sheets. And I think of that bed sometimes on days like yesterday when my body threatens seemingly to no longer keep up. It would be a good thing to have that bed near.
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
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My name is Kurt Bell.
You can learn more about The Good Life in my book Going Alone.
Be safe... But not too safe.