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The Good Life - 04/01/2023 - Panic attack at work *

I experienced a panic attack at work yesterday. It was during a difficult meeting; beginning with building pressure in my chest, increasing pain around my heart, numb and tingling hands, shivers everywhere and a cloudy feeling around my head and increasing sensation that I might soon pass out. I politely left the meeting and walked into the other room with my wife to let her know what was happening. Things didn’t improve and Yumiko took me to the clinic (the doctor later told me I should have gone straight to the E.R.) where nurses put me on an EKG. The doctor told me that what I was experiencing wasn’t a heart attack but was instead a panic attack, which I didn’t really understand. I’ve since learned that these are similar but with different antecedents; the heart attack being a result of damage or dysfunction of the heart while panic attacks are a consequence of stress and physiological upset. I’m alright. But shaken.

Yumiko and I had a good talk in the evening after the fact, and we’re both more motivated than ever to close the book on our current intense way of life. We agreed that time is now more important to us than money, especially if our current lifestyle is slowly killing us both, and we’re ready to retire with less in exchange for more years of peace. It’s good that we went to Japan when we did, to scope out options and make important next step decisions. We know the way out. Now we just need to decide the when and how.


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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