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The Good Life - 05/29/2023 - Ready for “I do”

I’m nervous about today. Today’s the darn day. The day we might decide to buy that old house in Japan. Picking a place to buy now feels like selecting a spouse. Are they the one? What kind of life could we have together? And are we really ready now to say “I do.”?

Yumiko and I are still having fun looking. Finding properties and comparing notes, making spreadsheets and imaging our life together in this community or that. How far to the nearest grocery store? Is that a stream out back? It’s great fun to search, imagine and dream! And we’re in no hurry. After all, if we buy now then the house will sit empty for a year collecting big spiders and ghosts.

Plus, how do we do this from abroad? We are here and the house is there? Maybe we’ll need to jump on a plane to stamp or sign papers? So much to understand and figure out. This is no small or easy thing to do.

But these issues are nothing… Yumiko and I are still buoyant after all. We still float. We can still bob upon the surface long enough to pull off at least one more big life switcheroo. That’s the trick after all—to just keep on swimming. To never stop treading water, new water in particular. To swim in all seven seas, every day and all at once. Gently is fine. As there is no hurry. This swim was never a race. Just never stop. And Yumiko and I have never stopped. Not once. We can do it. We can still swim together to that distant island out there in the sea.

I think we are truly ready now to say “I do.”

#GoingAlone #PathOfWildness

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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