It was 8:05 PM yesterday as my mouse cursor hovered over the Send button. I paused, and took a deep breath. This was it. My last big project is done, deployment complete, twenty months of hard work coming to a close with the sending of this final status email to the team. In a sense, my professional America mission is over—the big, personal reason I came here is done. Sure, I still have work to do. But nothing like this. My career now is essentially finished, over and done. I’ll still work hard—very hard, as I am incapable of giving anything less. I’m just built that way. My values simply never let me slack. But, I’m stepping back now. As it’s time for the younger folks to come forward and take the lead. And it’s right for me to stand aside. As these young coworkers have small families to support, and mortgages to pay, and ambitions to satisfy and fulfill. It’s their turn at bat in the lead, so they can climb the ladder and feel good about their work and bring home the bacon and one day themselves get to be done. And maybe, one future evening, they’ll hover over their own Send buttons at 8:05 PM, at the seeming end of their own long and winding careers; paused to enjoy the moment, and savor for some seconds the deep and fulfilling sense of a work life near its close, and to turn thoughts and planning towards whatever life might be next.
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 GoingAlone.org or by reading my book Going Alone. And visit our Discord at: https://lnkd.in/gFgfGmY6
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
My name is Kurt Bell.
You can learn more about The Good Life in my book Going Alone.
Be safe... But not too safe.