My Wish for you in 2010

The way you measure a society’s soul is by the way that it treats its children.
Nelson Mandela

Issue No. 83 –  28th January 2010

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My Wish for You in 2010

May peace break into your home and may thieves come to steal your debts.
May the pockets of your jeans become a magnet for $100 bills.
May love stick to your face like Vaseline and may laughter assault your lips!
May happiness slap you across the face and may your tears be that of joy
May the problems you had, forget your home address!
In simple words …

May 2010 be the best year yet!

The above came into my inbox many times during the festive season and I’m sure many of you will have seen it before too. I just love it. This is the sort of message you can’t get enough of, no matter how many times you’ve seen it before. Trust the Irish! (It looks very Irish doesn’t it?)

Despite our resolve, our focus and our wishes, a great deal of luck is also involved in our outcomes, so I hope you will remember the above blessing during the year and that it will indeed bring you good luck.

It is statistically a fact that few New Year’s Resolutions survive beyond the 2nd of January. Why is that? I don’t believe people have weak wills. I believe people set their sights too high, don’t have enough support in their endeavours or choose the wrong people to support them – just because your partner, your family and your friends love you does not necessarily mean they will be the most supportive of your schemes and dreams. Above all, I believe that deep down most people don’t believe they can achieve their goals, despite having their affirmations written down in the present tense.

I am reading John Assaraf’s ‘Having It All’ at the moment (he was featured on ‘The Secret’ – the guy with the vision board and the little kid). Anyway, he talks at great length about belief and belief systems and how they are locked into our subconscious, so no matter what we say we want, if we don’t truly believe it will happen, it won’t. It makes perfect sense.

So, as you go into your new school year, what have you resolved to do differently or better this year? What do you want to achieve personally and professionally? Whatever it is, may the luck of the Irish be with you! Meantime, I recommend you get a hold of this book, take some time out for yourself and get into it. It just might help.

Quotes of the Week

One of the greatest discoveries a man makes, one of his great surprises, is to find he can do what he was afraid he couldn’t do. Henry Ford

It takes as much energy to wish as it does to plan. (source unknown)


Here’s Life – fully explained for you !

On the first day, God created the dog and said: ‘Sit all day by the door of your house and bark at anyone who comes in or walks past. For this, I will give you a life span of twenty years.’
The dog said: ‘That’s a long time to be barking. How about only ten years and I’ll give you back the other ten?’
So God agreed.

On the second day, God created the monkey and said:
‘Entertain people, do tricks, and make them laugh. For this, I’ll give you a twenty-year life span.’
The monkey said: ‘Monkey tricks for twenty years? That’s a pretty long time to perform. How about I give you back ten like the Dog did?’
And God agreed.

On the third day, God created the cow and said:
‘You must go into the field with the farmer all day long and suffer under the sun, have calves and give milk to support the farmer’s family. For this, I will give you a life span of sixty years.’
The cow said: ‘That’s kind of a tough life you want me to live for sixty years.. How about twenty and I’ll give back the other forty?’
And God agreed again.

On the fourth day, God created humans and said: ‘Eat, sleep, play, marry and enjoy your life. For this, I’ll give you twenty years.’                                                                                                                                                                          But the human said: ‘Only twenty years? Could you possibly give me my twenty, the forty the cow gave back, the ten the monkey gave back, and the ten the dog gave back; that makes eighty, okay?’

‘Okay,’ said God, ‘You asked for it.’

So that is why for our first twenty years we eat, sleep, play and enjoy ourselves. For the next forty years we slave in the sun to support our family. For the next ten years we do monkey tricks to entertain the grandchildren. And for the last ten years we sit on the front porch and bark at everyone.

Life has now been explained to you.

(This is passed on to you to bring a smile to your face: the notion of creation related to the new year. No offence is intended to any religion.)


I learnt that music & movement can be incorporated into all moments of the day.  It was fun, intensive and informative. A very good workshop that encouraged us to use our imagination & energy and to encourage this in our children. Laura Halm – Project Manager for Communities for Children with Mission Australia (from PD New Norfolk, Tasmania)

About The Author

Marlene Rattigan B.A., Dip. Ed. (ECS), CELTA

Marlene Rattigan is an Early Childhood teacher, a teacher of English as a Second Language, and from 1987-2000 was a nationally accredited fitness leader. Her background is in music education. A keen interest in motor development in children led to the creation of Kidz-Fiz-Biz which she taught successfully for 13 years. Marlene also conducts workshops for children, teachers and parents at schools, in the community and at festivals. She has produced teaching manuals complete with audio CDs which are an extension of her ‘Kidz-Fiz-Biz’ program.

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