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The Good Life - 06/15/2023 - Free to enter the sea

Today I’m free again and can go back into the sea. The wound in my side is fully healed and my damaged leg is much better. However, I’ve become weak, frail and flabby these last few months. Sure, I still walk one, two or sometimes three miles a day with Yumiko. But I’m no longer very strong. And this shows not only with my poor physique, but with my attitude and engagement with life. I’m a little afraid to go into the cold and churning ocean. And I am definitely afraid to ride my motorcycle, which I no longer wish to keep. But, these and my other new fears are not the fear that comes of first longing and then telling myself no. This is not the no of denial. This is the lack of want that comes AFTER these things are first done. As I no longer want to go very far or deep into the ocean where I’ve already been. And I no longer want to ride the motorcycle at all, which I’ve already done quite enough. Those things are simply done. Like high school football is done after graduation. Or how hunger is done after we’ve ate a big meal. It’s the feeling of simply enough…

But I will go back into the ocean. But carefully, and not very far out to sea. Because going into the ocean is a very good thing to do. Even just a quick dunk does the job—like entering the fount of Ponce de Leon, a magical restorative elixir of life. And I’ll go every day if I can. And then watch, I’ll soon become strong again like before, stronger even…like old Jack LaLanne! Ok maybe, not that strong. But that’s what will happen when I go back into the sea. I will become a strong and fit old dad, with hard yet diminished muscles, better tone, and warm, sun-ripened skin. My hair will get and remain sandy; and there’ll be sunshine again shining through my eyes and upon my genuine smile like before. These are the things which I know will come of regularly entering the sea. Not far into the sea, not deep, just forward and in and then fully down and below and back out. This I can do. I’ve definitely got that in me. And I’m free to do it again starting today.

#GoingAlone #TheGoodLife

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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