The Good Life - 03/08/2023 - I did my duty
Yumiko asked me yesterday if anyone would notice if we silently slipped away from America. It was during our lunchtime dog walk, when we were both exhausted from a tough morning of work and not looking forward to the afternoon round two. The idea made me smile, and we laughed as I described to her how I could could recreate my little studio office for Zoom meetings; work nights, and nobody would know. A silly thought. They’d know…
We never had such talks when our daughter was small; duty being an unspoken given then. But duty is different now that our purpose has changed with the empty-nest. Thoughts and words can now be spoken, discussed and even joked about which were once taboo and not to be thought or said. For, I was only half-joking when I told Yumiko that it would be fun to see how long we could keep up the ruse of working from far away before we were discovered and fired and set free? And I knew then from her laugh that she too was in on the joke, alright with the risk, and even game for a try. And though I know we won’t do this, I’m delighted to discover what a conspiratorial pair we’ve become.
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.
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