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The Good Life - 06/12/2023 - In a barrel towards Niagara

It’s nice getting old. There’s no age better than now, though I expect tomorrow might be better still. Sure, I’m a bit crippled with arthritis and my damaged left leg. And I can no longer drive very far without the need of a roadside nap. And there’s my heart, and that growing thing they dug out of me which proved benign. And my mental acuity—dulling now like an old knife in need of a grind. But rather than distracting me with worry, these ailments stimulate me to live. ‘Cause I know they’re coming for me. I can’t get away. But I can live well in the time that remains. Like a man in an old pickle barrel enjoying a watery splash and ride towards the edge of Niagara—poking out of my barrel, such a view and what a thrill to yet simply be! Yes, it’s really nice getting old. There’s really no age better than now. And I do expect tomorrow might be better still than today—if only because I’ve tried my best to live well in what time does remain.

#GoingAlone #CompleteOblivion

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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