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☀️ The Good Life - 09/13/2023 - Slipping quietly out the back

Updated: Oct 19, 2023

It’s becoming harder now to engage deeply at work. Everyone suddenly seems so young. They have mortgages and young kids. Or they’re younger still and haven’t yet begun willingly piling such important adult responsibility onto their lives—all that is ahead for them. We have nothing in common. They all have so much riding on their work, that there’s no clear window to any other way to be. They’re all fully engaged with their jobs and careers. They have to be. As there’s seemingly no other way. I know this condition well. As it is exactly how I lived these last thirty-six years of hard labor. Day in and day out. A long and seemingly endless trudge and sometimes drudge of sometimes painful necessity. The workaday life.

But now, I’m like a runner who can’t—or doesn’t want to—keep up. I’m falling back from the pack each day, and eyeballing breaks in the brush at the side of the road. Maybe I can slip off this road without anyone noticing? I think there’s a quiet stream down there amidst the trees. Maybe there’s a nice place to sit alone and away from all this mad rush? A little peace at last at the end of the day. The others can keep running without me. They’ve clearly got everything under control. Look at them! So young, and smart, and healthy and ambitious and eager! They are nothing like me. My absence should hardly be noticed if I just slip away.

Now, I’m starting to see why some of my friends who have already retired didn’t want a party. And they didn’t want any fuss or fanfare as they left. They just sought to slip out quietly on their last day of work; leaving soon after lunch and walking alone to their car, driving away then out the back end of the parking lot without ever looking back. I always thought that was strange. I couldn’t understand why they did that. Now, I think I’m starting to see.


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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