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☀️ The Good Life - 07/09/2023 - Old woman at the sea

Updated: Oct 19, 2023

Yesterday, at the beach, a group of three middle-aged adults arrived by the edge of the water, escorting a very old woman to look at the sea. The old woman could not walk on her own, and was held, balanced and escorted on either side by two women who might be her daughter and granddaughter, while a man who might be her son or son-in-law stood by and looked on, watching over the things they’d left near me on the sand. Their shoes were removed, and the three women walked carefully down to where the cool waves lapped gently ‘round their toes, with a few larger waves swirling up to their ankles, wetting the edge of the old woman’s long skirt. She wore dark glasses and gazed straight out to sea, as if blind, listening more than seeing. She stood straight, without moving, no expression on her face, while the younger women talked at her and to one another, the old woman never responding a word. I guessed that this journey might be the old woman’s last visit to the sea, and I was struck by the sight and sound of a small girl playing alone in the small waves immediately in front of where the women stood, splashing and laughing and running with such energy and joy—a living memory perhaps of the girl the old woman might be remembering of herself as she gazed and listened, perhaps for the last time at the edge of the sea. I gathered my things to depart and go home to my wife and my dogs, but not before enjoying one last, long gaze and listen at the ocean spreading to the horizon—putting aside another memory of my own to keep and treasure when, and if, I make it to an age when I might be given a last chance to say goodbye to the 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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