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The Good Life - 06/22/2023 - Lifeguard rescue *

Yesterday, I was swimming alone after work out past the breakers, when I suddenly heard a voice next to me say “please come back to shore.” It was a young man, a lifeguard, who came out to get me. Apparently, I’d been caught in a rip current and was headed out to sea, and the lifeguard was doing his job—rescuing me. Swimming back, we talked of stingrays. Back on shore I thanked the young man warmly, telling him sincerely what a great job he was doing. His smile revealed his deep satisfaction in keeping all of us safe. Years ago I might have been bothered by the interruption, intrusion really, of my quiet peaceful swim. Not anymore though, as I always now strive to see instead the intent behind every action I meet. The young lifeguard intended to keep me safe, to save me, which is the point and duty of his job—whether I needed saving or not hardly matters.

#GoingAlone #PrincipleOfVirtue

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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