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The Good Life - 04/16/2023 - Rice balls for my day

Yumiko told me she’ll make rice balls for my strolls. That was during our evening dog walk, after I told her my plan for Japan after we buy a house and get settled, when I’ll rise early to walk out the door like I once did, with my comfortable shoes on, layered clothes and a wide-brimmed hat, as well as a small pack with a good book and 500 yen for coffee. Then, I said, I’ll walk again like the old days, but not like the old days, because I’m no longer lost like I was then. I’ll walk slower, at the pace of someone found, at the pace which I learned in the desert while wandering far off in the Deep Water beyond Siberia Ghost Town. I’ll walk Japan like a desert, which is something I couldn’t do if I hadn’t left and returned again. And I’ll see Japan once more, but this time with desert eyes, with the vision gained of perceiving The Great Indifference, which is difficult to apprehend somewhere so civil as Japan, even in the mountains; because it takes a desert, and it takes going into and coming back from a desert alone. I told Yumiko all about my plans to walk through my days, stopping at parks and beaches and shrines to read books and watch birds and people and life carrying on, and by the sea and at rivers and in the forest like I once did as softypapa; but not as softypapa, as someone softy never knew. I told her “that’s how I’ll spend my time.” That is, unless it’s too cold, or too wet, or I just don’t want to go. And then I’ll stay home with a window cracked open, to live at peace while hearing the rain.

After listening to my plan, Yumiko told me she’ll make rice balls to take with me on such days, which is so sweet. I truly could not imagine anything better anywhere in the whole wide world.


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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