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☀️ The Good Life - 07/03/2023 - July 4th weekend

Updated: Oct 19, 2023

Such a crowd at the beach yesterday… I sat on my towel for a bit and soaked it all up: warm air and a light summer breeze, cool saltwater, people everywhere, lots of noise—a festive sense of summer life. There was a big group of teens on the sand to the one side of me, young people collected into two groups: fit young boys sitting, standing and talking too loud, and the girls they were with, laying on big, colorful beach-towels, all lined up in a row in their bikinis, listening and taking and sharing selfies among themselves while watching the show, the loud boys raging on. On the other side was a big family with four kids; mom feeding everyone while dad dug a deep hole with his son, the whole troop going back and forth constantly to and from the water’s edge, traipsing wet, and covered with sand. Angela and Dale were probably out there somewhere on the beach, lost in the busy crowd, our daily routine and habits here superseded by the will of energy of the July 4th weekend life.

I took off my shirt and went down and into the sea. I walked through the inside waves and then swam out past the small breakers to where the blue-green water was clear, and where the sandy bottom was plainly visible just ten feet down, and where I could see several stingray resting on the bottom looking up, eying my kicking feet, while two sets of lifeguard eyes watched me carefully from towers 16 and 18, eying my bobbing head. I took a single deep breath and then dove down below and into the waves, down to the bottom to glide inches above the sand with my eyes wide open, startling the stingrays which scattered ahead of me as I flew out and further away from the shore, alone and deeper below the waves, down to where the water was darker, silent and very still.

There’s colder water down there, further below. Colder and more refreshing the deeper I go. I just need to remember to go. And I need to remember always to only go out there, and down there, only alone.


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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