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The Good Life - 12/01/2022 - Running out of steam

Wow! That was a rough night for both Yumiko and me. Problems at work ambushed us both and we couldn’t sleep. Laying there in bed discussing our challenges while a dog snuggled between us sensing our stress. I’m finding work, and the challenges of work, harder to manage as I close in on sixty. There was a time, back in my thirties, when I kept a sleeping bag at work so I could sleep under my desk when the workload required a twelve or fourteen-hour day. I can no longer endure that level of intensity or stress, and instead I simply lay awake staring at the ceiling while trying to solve work problems before the alarm goes off. I guess this is the reason people begin to check out around sixty, quitting their jobs and retreating to a simple life. I didn’t see this coming and I feel ambushed and betrayed by my age. I thought I could go strong like Juan for another ten years. Maybe not. Perhaps limits are not just reached, but close in upon us when we’ve simply had enough.

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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