The Good Life - 02/28/2023 - Feeling good after working hard *
I wrote a song last night. I knew I had it in me. But a song? Set to music which I strummed myself on guitar. I did this because of the lyrics floating within my mind. They came about last Fall, like a squirrel moved into a tree in the yard, bustling away at squirrel work, chattering and so alive. Likewise, the words of my song arrived in my brain, bustling and chattering, so alive. So, I got a guitar, and began learning to play, and then last night my squirrel words came down from their tree to sit on my knee while I spoke them and strummed and brought my song to life.
The experience was like becoming a parent, as suddenly something you knew was growing and coming from you is here. A new one is born, and what it is now exists while being played despite our expectations. It is here and it is now whatever it be. The experience of writing and performing a song is not like writing a book; as books emerge slowly and can be seen and managed and hid even as they become. A song is here at once like voice and sound, either on or off, present or absent. It can be improved, yes. But the song was sung before it became better. It existed outright and expressed with every interation and playing.
There’s more courage of a sort in making a song than a book, as performed songs can’t hide in our minds while becoming real, being open and present and loud and musical when being born—like the squirrel on my tree, so earnest each day; bold, alive and living with the mere fact of expression and becoming and being alive.
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.
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