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The Good Life - 12/31/2022 - Swim in the rain, or swim in the clear

I am excited for 2023 like I have not been excited for any new year before. It’s because I’m living now less year to year as on a life roller-coaster, like a man on rails rising, turning and plummeting from one year to the next, attendant more to necessity than will; and it’s because the days of necessity are coming more to an end with our empty nest, as well as our recognized fatigue and readiness to adopt a simpler, humbler, way of life in a more out of the way place, with fewer demands on our time, and space and freedom to more fully breathe. I hope that Yumiko and I can make it to that dreamed of time and place, which is still a few years out. We’re working hard at it, both of us still giving 100% at work. But there’s relief in dreaming, and excitement in anticipation. I told Yumiko that New Year 2023, next year, could be her last in the USA, which gave us both pause to think and consider how we must appreciate and enjoy every remaining day in the United States before we depart—possibly for good.

There is something thrilling in change. Even for the old, and maybe especially for the old.

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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