“My life is done.” What a curious thing to say at the start of the day. It’s not even 5:30 AM, yet that’s what I said. And I meant it. The reason is that it’s true. My life is done. As I’ve completed everything within the scope of my decided life’s purpose: family, virtue, mission—all complete. Not done, but complete. My life can end today, or tomorrow or anytime now and that’s alright—though I’d like, and do hope, to stick around. “My life is done.” What a funny consequence of these years of developing and living The Good Life creed. And a good way to conclude and punctuate—adding a hard exclamation point!—my morning routine. So, now that life is done, I’ll feed and walk my dogs, do my work, attend to my chores, spend time with family, call my mom to make sure she’s well, hike with Parker, be nice to strangers, exercise self-control, and go to bed on time for a good night’s sleep. And then my life will be done again tomorrow—before 5:30 AM, everything complete, wrapped up and I’m ready to die. And then again next day, ready for death before the sun comes up, again and again, until the sun does no longer rise for me.
I will always be ready to die by virtue of the ongoing development and maintenance and application of good and sound life objectives and principles, where virtue—which is the improvement of the well-being of thinking creatures—is the goal and end of a well-lived life. Something we can strive for—and achieve—daily. Making every day a good day to die.
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.
Be safe... But not too safe.