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The Good Life - 08/14/2023 - “I’m from Oklahoma”

I swam for a very long time in the ocean yesterday. Maybe an hour. There was a strong current sweeping the entire ocean left, and I fought against the current, against the entire leftward sway of the sea, swimming hard to the right, until I at last caught a very large wave and rode it all the way in to the sand. When I stood up, a man wading nearby said “hi!” and then asked me “does the sea here ever calm down?” I told him “no, not often” and that the sea here is usually brimming with strong energies every day of the year. The man said he was from Oklahoma, and that he’d never left Oklahoma his whole life. But here he was, wearing a swimsuit and wading in the sea at Huntington Beach in the middle of summer, and wearing a big smile like a happy boy. He was so very happy to be in the sea. We went back into the ocean together, not far out, just up to our waists. And we jumped together through some small waves and dove together below bigger waves still, laughing and having fun like a couple of kids. I went in to the beach later to towel off and rest. But before leaving to go home, I walked over to where the man from Oklahoma sat with his friends, he was still dripping from the sea while seated on the sand, drying in the warm summer breeze. I wished him well and offered my hope that he and his group might truly enjoy the rest of their time in California. His smile was unchanged, deep and abiding, like the grin of a happy boy, alive and truly enjoying these moments of his life.

#GoingAlone #PrincipleOfFun

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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