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The Good Life - 08/27/2023 - A heavy poem *

Updated: 6 days ago

The ocean has grown cold. Very cold. Cold like winter. It burns my head when I first get in. And it’s painful and a struggle to swim until everything goes numb and then I’m alright. Just two weeks back the water here in Huntington Beach was warm like Mexico. I could stay in for an hour then without getting chill. Now, its pins and needles and a popsicle headache. Now, I’ll need my resolve to continue going in each day, especially as the days are getting shorter and soon much cooler; and the beach is beginning to empty of people, and the lifeguards will soon be gone. I’ll be alone then again. Just me and the sea. And Angela. And Dale sometimes. And perhaps the Persian M.D.. But I’m resolved to go. I did it last year after all, straight through winter—November through January. And I can do it again! As long as I can remain healthy and able, then I will continue to go into the sea. I won’t pack it in just because of the cold. There’s simply not enough life left for delay or saving such important things for another day.

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.

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 34. The Principle of Fun

35. Being Ready

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My name is Kurt Bell

Learn more about The Good Life in my book Going Alone

Be safe... But not too safe

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