The Good Life Meditation for March 23rd, 2017
Here’s another day and opportunity to live with my personal philosophy and life plan as the foremost component of my deliberate effort to live well and better as a citizen and member of my society and community. I haven’t been doing the verbal part of this effort since I began writing The Good Life down each day, and I can sense how this has reduced the significance of this effort in my life. There really is something to speaking, or at least thinking, out all of my objectives and principals as a means of bringing them forward in my mind, ready to use and abide throughout the day. So, starting today I will speak The Good Life – or at least think it out – in my mind as I begin my commute to work.
The Good Life consists of the following five objectives. The ordering is important insofar and helping to present the ideas in an unfolding manner.
- The development and maintenance of good, sound life principals
- The cultivation of good emotional reactions
- The performance of good actions
- A recognition of my true scope of control
- Honest assessment of opportunity
- Principal of War
- Principal of Reason
- The Home of Good and Evil
- Purpose (Biology & Virtue)
- Atomic Principal
- Principal of Nature
- Principal of Maturity (Wisdom & Fortitude)
- Social Principal
- Feast of Offal
- Temperance (Simplicity, Suffering & Apathy)
- Agency & The Great Indifference
- The Best Seat in the House
- The Path of Wildness
- The Risk of Avoiding Risk
- Sin & Damnation (Falsity, Credulity, Faith, Superstition & Dogma)
- Complete Oblivion (no final Reunion, Reconciliation or Justice)
- The Great Life Adventure
- The Season of Philosophy
- Arena & Utility
Today’s Thought and Action Plan
Lately, I’ve been focusing my thinking on the simple act of monitoring my thoughts in an effort to keep them on-track and to not let them wander. I’m especially interested in keeping my thoughts focused on my work during the hours when I’m supposed to be working. This isn’t really much of a challenge, as I am naturally inclined to keep focused on my duty, though it’s a bit of a challenge to keep these thoughts on productive work rather than to let my mind wander to work-related worries. I find that monitoring my breathing helps. I learned from a Sam Harris podcast to breath in from my mouth and out through my nose which I like. I do this during my work breaks while I walk around the block which helps. So, my thought plan for today is to keep this up and to practice more better breathing and thought focus techniques. I am getting better at this.
My Action Plan for today is to get on the motorcycle at the right time, which is early enough to allow me to ride in the slow lane between 55 and 60 MPH which is both pleasant and safe. I really enjoy riding slowly to work, listening to my podcasts and enjoying the unfolding scenery. When I get to work I will start my job on time and stay focused on my tasks. I will lay out my job goals for today, and begin working on them in turn. I will take my breaks, and resume work on time. I will also spend some time today focusing on improving my work-related skills in order to make myself a better asset to the company. I am fortunate to have a Gartner subscription where I can read interesting IT and business-related articles which are helpful. I’d also like to begin working towards getting my PMP (Project Management Professional) certification, which will improve my value to my company. Finally, I’m going to look into the Masters degree program on offer by the County in the field of Social Work, as I think this will be a good degree to have as a backup in case this whole IT thing goes south someday.
When I’m done with work I will come home and spend a nice evening with my family. I love them very much and I’m so lucky to have them.