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The Good Life - 05/04/2023 - Literature, poetry, art

These last 24 hours! What is going on? It’s like something switched on, and my brain and body and resolve suddenly aligned like Iron Man’s costume coming together to form someone new. It’s due to a couple of things, I think—all related to decision making and resolve. We’re coming into the home-stretch of our daughter’s university life and we pulled the triggers in April on some big decisions. First, we got Emily set up for her summer internship in Japan (which I’m frankly more excited about than I can adequately express). Second, we got Emily squared away for housing for her last year of university, snagging the very last available room in the apartment complex where she wanted to live. Earlier in the month, Yumiko and I sat down and made a firm decision to return to Japan in 2024. We even picked our dates, and I even told my boss. Next, Yumiko and I both visited our doctor (we have the same doctor) who checked us both out and is now helping us to get and remain healthy. Finally, I’ve begun allowing myself to honestly imagine and plan how I will spend my time during the coming decade of my sixties. And that last bit’s done the trick. Literature, poetry, art. And lots of time to “walk and think.”

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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