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The Good Life - 04/12/2023 - Giving notice at work

Telling my boss yesterday that I’m leaving was something big. Yumiko is planning to do the same thing as well. It’s like throwing another rope from the dock of a beautiful, seaworthy sailboat that’s loaded and ready to go. Yumiko and I have done this together so many times and it’s so much fun to do! It’s like the anticipation before a great holiday meal, or getting ready for a first date, or Christmas Eve when you’re a kid, but better than all of these, because the feeling lasts for months and months before the big day of adventure arrives. The brain snaps alive with new activity, imagining the coming experiences and challenges of change, and the welcoming chance to reinvent ourselves again as people new and different, anyone we want to be! It’s like the best game of make-believe when we were kids, but it’s real and true and actually happening now, and under our own capable adult control. This process also feels a bit like stealing multiple lives from just a single life, like squeezing the last drop of juice from a fresh orange. Though we steal from no one but ourselves, breaking open the vault of security and settled comfort to expend what’s left like pirates with their plunder at Port Royal. It’s life lived through and through, again, and again, and yet again.

Let’s ride this roller-coaster one more time, Yumiko. And then again after that if we can. The sun is setting quickly now, and the park will soon surely begin to close. There’s no time left to sit and fuss and worry. Let’s just tell them all it’s time again for us to leave. And then, let’s go!


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

#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.

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