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☀️ The Good Life - 06/30/2023 - Duty: 30 years of labor

Updated: Oct 19, 2023

The ocean here has turned a corner of sorts, wrapping itself into summer in earnest, giving up its caprice, and the seeming will and anger of the wilder, colder times when everyone but the surfers and Angela and Dale and me stayed home and away from the sea. There’s no more strong currents now—no “movement of the entire sea going left or moving right.” The whole ocean now is just resting so seemingly still, in just one place, lapping gently upon the sand. Even the stingray are largely gone, the shallows now being a much safer place to walk and to stand. And the lifeguards too are more at ease with the languid sea, watching and allowing me to swim far out alone and by myself, feeling no pressing need to swim out to join and rescue me from myself and the deep—there being now so little to fear out there in the sea.

This softer summer sea is something nice to be sure, a destination for families with small children, and a good place for the frail and the old. The surfers have gone to look elsewhere for their challenge and for their fun; those young men and women of fall, winter and spring being now gone and someplace away. But Angela is still here, working and sleeping alone in her little blue tent. And Dale, who walks alone each evening remembering Debbie. And me, I’m still here too—at least for another year of seasons upon this strand where I was born. Another full year of seasons to walk, and to swim, and to mark time and note my thoughts before I leave it all behind at last for somewhere far away and different and new—a changing progress and progression of still more seasons, and of life, and the always changing sea.


The Good Life Meditation serves as a daily compass, orienting me towards personal objectives and principles essential for a purposeful existence within an indifferent universe. Further your understanding of The Good Life by visiting my website,, or delve into my book Going Alone—hardcover recommended. Get a signed copy here. 📚✍️

🎯 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 🐢🧘‍♂️

8. Maintain Balance ⚖️

📜 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 0️⃣ 34. The Principle of Fun 🎉

35. Being Ready 🚀

🌄📚🚶‍♂️ Kurt Bell is a passionate explorer, dedicated family man, and author of books such as "Going Alone" and "No More Looking Out For Number One." Born in America in 1964, he integrates Stoic philosophy into his physical and philosophical journeys. Today's venture on The Path of Wildness embodies this harmonious blend of exploration and mindful living. While Kurt savors these moments and looks forward to future adventures, he remains ever prepared for life's end, ready to depart without a single backwards glance.

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My name is Kurt Bell

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