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☀️ The Good Life - 09/28/2023 - Old man emerging from the sea

Updated: Oct 19, 2023

A strange thing happened yesterday. I was standing at the water’s edge after my evening swim. Just watching the sea. When suddenly I heard a yelping sound like someone in need, and I noticed an old man struggling in the shallows, getting tossed around on his belly like a seal emerging from the sea. I ran down to help. He didn’t need any help. He was fine, though he didn’t get up and only flopped on the beach in swim fins, smiling up at me and telling me he was good. I went back to my post on the sand, and resumed my sentinel watch of the sea. Soon, the old man—practically crippled with age—began limping towards me. He was beaming an enormous smile. His old skin—he must have been in his late 70s or early 80s—was brown and dark from the sun. He hobbled so slowly towards me, in a baggy swimsuit draping loosely around his waist, carrying an old set of swim fins. He walked right up to me and thanked me for my concern. He told me he’d come from Bolsa Chica beach, more than a mile away! He’d let the current take him all that way. And now, he’d walk all the way back. I offered the old man a ride. He said no. Thank you, but no. He said he was alright with the sea and the walk, and that he’d stay in the ocean all day if only he could. And then he left, hobbling and limping down the beach, all naked and wet and alone and in utter joy over his time in the sea. The smile on his face was broad and gleaming—a smile rarely seen in adults. I turned back to the sea. And I thought about what it means to live well and to make good use of our time alive.


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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