Allernet > NPN Mission Statement > The Kagen Philosophy

1

Sift out essential from nonessential obligations
and reject, turn down and back out of 50-90 %
of the nonessentials,
even though you will think them all essential at first.

2

Accept yourself as you are for the time being
not as you might, ought or would like to be.
Self acceptance is the beginning of contentment,
which is rest and tension release for the nervous system.

3

Do not do your musts.
For the time being, anything that says "You must"
should be answered by a flat refusal.

4

Live in the present from one day to the next.
Refuse to think of the past.
Stop speculating, planning or foreboding for the future.
Defer decisions and allow Time, the Great Healer,
to act for you.
"A hundred years from now, what will this matter?"
Let this sink in. Say it over and over!

5

Do not make the body and the mind work all the time.
For every big forward effort, you deserve a giant leap back into temporary uselessness.
Masterly inactivity and recovery can move you into the future faster.
Three thousand years before Christ, an Egyptian physician said:
"The boatman reaches the landing
Partly by pulling, partly by letting go
The archer strikes the target
Partly by pulling, partly by letting go"

6

The Wisdom of humanity in these things
is summed up in a number of slogans
which you should repeat to yourself when you are confronted
by seemingly insoluble problems
or short comings:

"No one can do better than his or her best."
Learn to shrug your shoulders.
If you force anything, force a smile.
Life is a long road that has many turns.

7

We know from our lives that
Reality entails hard choices
and disappointments, and that
Success is measured not in victories won and lost,
but by difficulties overcome along the way.

8

One should begin to develop
the "B-G-T-T" attitude:
Do your best and from then on one just
Be Good To Thyself.

9

If you are going to fall,
Fall on your face moving forward into the Future
Not on your behind into the past.
If you say anything, say "I Love It!"

10

Above all else, be kind to thy beloved self, and
Never do anything to hurt yourself.

 

Several years ago, a friend of my son's on our speed skating team was about to begin cancer chemotherapy for childhood lymphoma. I asked Dan Jansen and Bonnie Blair to write a brief note to him to lift his spirits. When I handed the young skater that white piece of paper, he immediately sat up in bed for the first time in several weeks, and smiled a grin so wide he made all of us in his hospital room catch our breath. After much travail, he is now considered a "cure". Dan and Bonnie's encouraging message read:

"To Luke,
Hang in there. Be strong!
Dan Jansen"

"To Luke,
Think positive!
All the best.
Bonnie Blair"