The Good Life - 02/25/2023 - After Covid
I think I’m through the other side. Covid appears to be passed. I kept notes during the infection, marked the events and impact. That was scary for sure, though my persistent symptoms were never worse than a serious cold. It was the deeper, stranger activities of the virus and its impact which scared me. The experience was like having a dangerous saboteur loose in the house; fiddling with the pipes, loosening bricks on the patio steps, turning on the gas at the stove without a flame—performing mischief intended to harm. No cold or flu has ever done such things as these: scrambling my brain, making me drunk with nonsense, heightening eloquence while depriving me of short-term memory and common sense. I worked through that brief period of professional madness—just one day—when co-workers even commented I’d changed, gotten better they said, speaking with more force and alacrity than ever! But that wasn’t me—it was the virus’ impact messing with the switchboard of my mind, twisting wires and turning up the volume past eleven, feeding me strong drink to loosen laughter and inhibition. That scared me—a lot. And then my feet…suddenly, painfully, icy cold for a day. I looked into it and learned that this too was the virus’ doing, damaging my circulation, causing insufficient blood to reach my extremities, throttling my feet and toes. That frightened me, too. What cold or flu ever did such things? Causing madness of a sort, or strangling my limbs? Yeah, these things are bad, and made me know I’d had a brush with something that could have turned out much worse.
The saboteur seems now to be gone. Though I wonder what damage remains? And might it come back, or its relative maybe…a version more dangerous still? And is it still in the house, threatening my loved ones? Certainly. we should expect it and take steps.
But, I think I’m ready. So, I say. We’ll see.
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
#Stoic #Stoicism #StoicPhilosophy
My name is Kurt Bell.
You can learn more about The Good Life in my book Going Alone.
Be safe... But not too safe.