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The Good Life - 07/21/2023 - Retirement training

Updated: Jul 22

I took the day off work to learn how to retire. The place where I work offers classes for those at the end of their careers, in order to teach us how to go away. Really, I don’t know what they teach. But, I’ve watched several of my friends at work go through this process. They go to the class, receive some special instruction, and then begin the countdown of months and weeks until they are gone. I never asked anyone what they learn at the class and nobody ever volunteered to tell. It just felt like a taboo, secret subject, like something for some reason nobody should discuss, like politics, religion and money, an off limits topic for polite society. I guess I’ll find out today. It’s probably just a bunch of boring facts about taxes and stuff like that. Maybe that’s why nobody ever talks about it? There’s maybe simply nothing very interesting to say.

I decided to take this class a little early because Yumiko is going before me, and her work offers no such training, and I’m hoping to learn something that might help ease her transition. I also want to get this over with because I’m a little scared. I’m afraid to learn I’ve done something wrong. In fact, I’m absolutely certain I did many things wrong along the way during the course of my working life, and consequences are waiting. I just keep telling myself I’ll deal with such challenges as they arise. But I really hope they don’t kick me off the bus today. In some ways, I know I do deserve to get kicked off the bus. Maybe they’ll just tell me I must sit at the back. I guess it’s time to find out…

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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

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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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