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The Good Life - 11/20/2022 - The sleep of youth *

Updated: Nov 23, 2022

Yesterday washed over me like a wave, a good wave, churning and heavy and bubbling with crashing foam. I’ve known this experience before. It’s the consequence of killing an old life in favor of a new life, in a new place, with new things, and streets we don’t know and unfamiliar shops and new habits to form and build and live. Yumiko and I have done this together so many times, the only constant being one another, our kid and the scratched up gold rings we each wear on our finger, symbolizing the one constant which can never be left behind. Let the old lives go. Goodbye Arcata, so long Osaka, nice to know you Santa Barbara, thanks for all the fish Shizuoka and Irvine and Menifee—all far beyond in the rear-view mirror. It’s interesting how I almost never think of those places. Like good books read and given away for someone else to enjoy. And now, that wave of what’s new crashes over me. This new place becoming home. I want to take Yumiko out for ice cream today, yet I don’t know where to get ice cream here. But I’ll find a place. And it’ll be a fun little adventure for us to get there and try. More delightful churning within the wave, spilling on, rolling in towards our new shore; where, in a month or two Yumiko and I will pull ourselves smiling onto the sand. We’ll have arrived then in this new place. And our new lives will have begun again.

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. 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.

Be safe... But not too safe.


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