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☀️ The Good Life - 08/10/2023 - Following the wagons

Updated: Oct 19, 2023

Damn it. Today is the last day of the last big project of my career. Well, we do have a closure meeting next week, and a celebration party a few weeks after that, but today is our last day with the vendor. We wrap things up today. It’s time to say goodbye. Normally, at this stage in a multi-year project, my mind begins switching gears as I prepare to turn my attention to my next big assignment. I lose no momentum, and just glide from the project ending to the project starting without missing a single beat. But damn it. Someone told my inner man that I’ll never have a giant project like this again, and that’s changed something inside me, and instead of focusing on the new project—which I do have—my heart is a little bit somewhere else. It’s not like I won’t work hard. I will work very hard. I am incapable of being lazy. But something has changed that ain’t coming back. It’s my professional vision of a journey of three-thousand miles. The sense that there’s still a thousand miles to go, and the need to move forward without relent. That sense out on the trail that my family are counting on me. That I can’t slow down or give up or even rest for very long. But with this big project ending I can now sense the last horizon ahead, and it’s only a fifty miles or so away—just over that last range of low, coastal mountains. I can even smell the ocean now. We’re getting close to the end.

If this career were a journey across America, then I’ve just now got faint whiff of the sea. I’ll be at the Pacific Ocean soon, with no professional place further to go. And damn it, my body and inner man knows this, and something about me has changed as a result. I think it’s time for the man sitting beside me on this wagon crossing America to take the reigns and drive. After all, he’s going back across the country without me when the wagons turn around to return east. He’ll then need to drive this wagon alone. It’s not me being lazy that wants him to drive. It’s me being practical, I think. As this younger man needs and deserves the practice navigating and steering before I go, leading the wagons in our little train. I’ll give him the reigns now and watch him drive. And then I think I’ll get off and walk behind for a spell, let the new guy drive for a bit all alone and on his own. I’ll walk back here behind the wagons, keeping up, ready to come forward if I’m called. I’ll just walk here alone in the quiet and the peace, and savor that freshening smell of an approaching 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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