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The Good Life - 05/11/2023 - Garden muse

Such a nice evening yesterday. After sundown, before dinner, I sat in the yard with my dog and strummed my dad’s guitar while making up songs to whatever came to mind: the sight of a stranger walking quickly by my gate, a big jet roaring low above metropolis, Saturn emerging to shine brighter than every star. Just a few chords are all I need. E, and E-minor are nice—just a steady, rhythmic back and forth strum that can go on all night, as long as the words continue to flow. And some picking too, mostly on the high strings, a steady melody made up myself, with a single word for every note. Never ending. Words without end. It’s interesting how both poetry and music are like a perennial spring found in a desert waste. Never ending. Flowing forth ‘till I’ve had my fill, or until my dear wife calls me to dinner and I gladly wink goodnight to shining Saturn, call my dog and go inside, lock the door to shut out the dark and put away dad’s guitar to get on with my sweet domestic life. But the muse remains outside in the dark, always alone—like I once knew her under that desert bridge in my desert past. Still there. Always silent, invisible and waiting. Not just for me, but for anyone who might simply come.


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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