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The Good Life - 08/19/2023 - Emily moves away

Yumiko and I said our goodbyes yesterday in turns. I took the day shift while Yumiko took the evening and night. We were helping our daughter move into her new apartment, the last under our patronage before she’s off and on her own. She’s left the university dormitories and has moved into off-campus housing at one of those big, purpose-built faculties designed to segue young adults from communal living into something more like independence. I spent the day with Emily, moving boxes and buying essentials, and we had a nice lunch together, and coffee, where we talked over big ideas and stood together on tippy-toe attempting to gaze into her future. Later, I changed places with Yumiko, who spent the evening with Emily, decorating and shopping for the new place. They had dinner together, with Yumiko getting in last words in terms of parental send off and well wishes, before then coming home to me and the dogs. It was a good day. A day of consequence which frankly I hadn’t seen coming. A strong day of commencement, and of duty, and a day chock full of human purpose—as well as very much quite satisfying familial punctuation.

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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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