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The Good Life - 05/05/2023 - Clocking out

A long day of work yesterday, which really clobbered my well being. It was only a few extra hours, but that did the trick. Long gone are the days when I could work ten, twelve or fourteen hours like I could in my thirties. And good riddance. During our late dog walk Yumiko and I lamented all the years we’ve burned like tomorrows would always come. The timing is astonishing. How our minds have suddenly snapped aware, together, all at once to align our resolve and commitment to stop burning away days doing work we no longer want. It’s not that our jobs are bad or have changed in any way. We’ve changed.

If life were measured like a workday, we’ve simply reached quittin’ time. It’s 4:30 PM in life and time to soon go home. Life isn’t done. There’s still the late afternoon and evening ahead. It’s simply time to stop work and call it a day. And in the same way our bodies and minds are exhausted and worn after a good, hard day of work, so too the body of life after the difficult mid-years are complete. It’s part of the cycle. It’s also part of making room for others who must our place; that ambitious and capable young man, with a wife, two small kids and a mortgage to carry, he sure could use my job. And he can have it. Because everything inside me tells me it’s time for us to go soon and leave an empty place for society to fill. I’ll clock out. While the next man clocks in.

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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