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The Good Life - 08/07/2023 - All day in the garden

Yesterday was special. A day I’ve been training for for years. I literally spent all day sitting in the garden. Well, I did go for an ocean swim in the early morning. And I did enjoy two long dog walks with Yumiko, plus lunch together (hand-made onigiri and miso soup!). But mostly, I sat in my Adirondack chair and read. I opened the big umbrella for some shade and just sat and read a fascinating book for hours and hours and hours. The only thing that broke up my peace was the still deeper peace of closing my eyes for a short nap, which I did a few times each hour—reading, napping, reading, dozing, repeat. Yesterday’s accomplishment was as satisfying as anything ever in my life: as good as finishing school, and getting married, becoming a dad, or writing a book. The biggest achievement of my life in fact—to reach a point where I can just sit quietly in my garden all day long, with just my book, my thoughts, some sweet rest, and a desire for absolutely nothing more.

#GoingAlone #Maturity

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

#Stoic #Stoicism #StoicPhilosophy


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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