I slept in way past the alarm. Something I rarely do. Two things happened to produce this. First, I got past a difficult and scary project at work, which completed successfully on Tuesday. Second, I foolishly tried to run a half mile at the beach which my old body wasn’t ready for. Therefore, my mind was at peace and my body in slight revolt at the idea of getting up when the alarm went off. So, I tucked myself in and went back to sleep. Now, I’m up and my mind is quiet while my body say’s “what have you done to me!?!” Now, I’ll finish this video, grab my book and walk the dogs. It’s going to be a slow walk with all these aches. But I’m glad for the quieter mind—a little peace from the worries of my job which seem to haunt me always. A little quiet now between projects. Until another challenge begins next week.
I guess this cost in peace is the price we sometimes pay to toe the line; to fulfill our duty as parents in seeing our kids safely into their adulthood; to meet our responsibilities as citizens, paying our share and pressing hard at the common civic yolk. A little peace and quiet from time to time is nice. Days like today when we can sleep in. But I’ll be ready tomorrow for Monday. Bring on the next project, boss. Deliver that next worthwhile bill, Mr. Postman. How about a trip to the DMV, or the vet to care for a sick dog, or an invoice for another semester of tuition at my daughter’s university. Yes. I’m ready. Bring ’em all on.
But I won’t be running another half-mile at the beach for a while. Not without first stretching and warming up. A man’s gotta know his limits, after all.
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 GoingAlone.org or by reading my book Going Alone. And visit our Discord at: https://lnkd.in/gFgfGmY6
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. Public Speaking 13. Temperance 14. Life Will Not Go Well 15. The Horror Show 16. That Which Must Be Borne 17. The Feast of Offal 18. Distraction 19. Agency and The Great Indifference 20. The Best Seat in the House 21. The Restless Man 22. The Path of Wildness 23. The Great Life Adventure 24. The Risk of Avoiding Risk 25. Sin and Damnation 26. Complete Oblivion 27. The Season of Philosophy 28. Bullseye Aim 29. The Uphill Climb 30. Arena and Utility 31. Nothing IS enough 32. The Principle of Fun
My name is Kurt Bell.
You can learn more about The Good Life in my book Going Alone.
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