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The Good Life - 08/21/2023 - Storm swim


went into the ocean yesterday despite the storm. The waves were the biggest I’ve seen since 1985, and the great storms which raged upon the coast of Northern California when I lived there. When I got in the water a strong current pulled me north, while huge walls of churning white-water pressed me back in towards shore. The rain came down steady, and a strong wind blew flying foam through the air. I was scared. I felt old. Like a foolish old man playing dangerous games with powers far beyond him. I soon got out and went to drip nearly naked upon the beach. The cool rain pelted my bare skin while warm air from Mexico made me feel I was somewhere far south of California, maybe Baja or even Cabo. I stood for a long time in the warm southern storm wind, my muscles stretched from my swim and my skin taut and brown from this summertime life by the sea. I told myself “Remember this moment, Kurt. This is one of those fleeting life treasures.” I stopped thinking then and simply stood alone in my swimsuit in the rain and the wind while watching the sea roar and heave. Soon, I went home. And I told Yumiko of my experience. She asked if I was scared. I said I was. And such a delicious fear it was.

#GoingAlone #AlwaysReadyToDie

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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