I learned a few things about myself yesterday by surfing. First, I learned that I can become a surfer again if I want to. At age fifty-nine my body is still plenty fit and able to surf. And if I bought a board and a wetsuit and kept at it a few weeks then I’d soon be riding the Huntington Beach waves as well or possibly better than when I was twenty. That was a discovery I didn’t expect. What I expected instead was that my morning in the surf with Hiko would reveal just what an old man I’d really become. That didn’t happen. No very old man was revealed. I’m still strong and fit at my core, and I can surf well again if I want to. However, I do not want to.
There are so many other things I’d rather do than surf. And I’d rather spend my time doing things I’d rather do. So, now instead of watching the surfers from the beach and wishing I was there, I’ll say “Good for you, guys!” and “Nice ride!” and leave it at that. And then I’ll turn to attend to what’s important to me now, at this age and season of my life. And I’ll leave behind surfing, along with so many other things which simply no longer matter in my life. My dead things. My past lives that are over and done.
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 GoingAlone.org or by reading my book Going Alone. And visit our Discord at: https://lnkd.in/gFgfGmY6
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.