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The Good Life - 05/14/2023 - Empty nest

We’re moving Emily out of her university dormitory this weekend. She’ll stay home with us for a week and then she’s gone, off to Japan for the summer. Everything is moving fast now as our daughter winds down her growing up years and winds up the years of adult responsibility to come. It’s an ancient cycle of life, every species does it, throwing our ripened being forward through the generation to come, who then march off to empire, fame, ruin and mediocrity just like every generation before. There’s little good warning them to stop. They must go. And there’s little use sharing our example. We’re fools after all and they know better. So, Yumiko and I will help, and provision from our meager stores, and give our girl a little yellow credit card to get by while she’s away. “Best wishes!” and “Be safe and have fun!” are all we’ve got left as the fledgling jumps from the nest. Then we’ll stand by and watch her fly. Up and away and gone. Never again to return as before. Childhood done and complete and through. Life, turning circles.


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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