Expect Wonderful Things to Happen

What’s the first thing you tell yourself when you wake up?

This post comes from our Australia contributor, Miann Scanlan

Have you ever noticed that whatever happens in the morning sets a tone for the day ahead? You might stub your toe walking out of your bedroom, jump around swearing on one leg. Then you’ll drop your toast (avocado side down), then spill toothpaste on your shirt, then get all the way to the car and realise you’ve left your phone inside, then seem to get every red light the whole way to work… Sound familiar?

That’s not to say this happens every day. This might happen once or week, or on Mondays, because you’ve told yourself how much you hate Mondays. For most of us, when we wake up, our mind begins to first assess how we feel (tired, energized, excited, in a rush) and then we begin to play over the next steps for the day; all the extracts of our morning routine, from getting out of bed to getting out the front door. Or if you’re going through a rough patch, the weight of the world can sit heavily on your chest only a few moments after waking as the impact of reality hits you like a metric tonne of bricks.


I want to share a short story which was told to me by an aged care worker. She has a patient named Vivian who she visits weekly at her nursing home. Vivian is in her early 90s, has no family left and spends the majority of her time alone in her room. After some months of working with Vivian, keeping her company, playing board games and sharing cups of tea, my friend got to know the blissful highs and harrowing lows of Vivian’s long life. Vivian had escaped war, become a widow and, over time, lost all of her children to due to varying circumstances. It seemed that, for every breakthrough moment or step forward for Vivian, there was a 10 foot high wall she had to climb. My friend couldn’t help but wonder how, after everything she had been through, sitting alone in her room patiently waiting out her time on earth, how Vivian had such an infectious positive energy.


One afternoon in a shared moment of silence, as the afternoon sun shone through the little window of her room, Vivian revealed her secret:

“Every morning when I throw my old legs over the edge of the bed thinking about the day that lay ahead, I expect something wonderful will happen.”

Despite being bound to a wheelchair and needing nurse assistance to move, Vivian represented everything that we know to be true about life: what you think becomes you, what you feel follows you, and what you believe builds around you.



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8 years ago

What a lovely and inspiring story! Thanks for sharing!

8 years ago

Beautiful story and photos xo


8 years ago

Just what I needed to hear. Something wonderful has come today for me in the form of a blog post. : )

8 years ago

Such an inspiring and beautiful story! It’s so amazing to think that someone in a circumstance worse off than you can have such a positive outlook on life. Stories like these really helps to put things in perspective for me and remind me to stop complaining and to start focusing on all that I have and all the good experiences I still have to come. Thanks for sharing!
Kelly xx

8 years ago

Wow, what a great post. Just goes to show how you never know what’s next in life, be thankful every day for the good things you have. Thanks :-)

8 years ago

Lovely <3

8 years ago

Thabk you always for these wonderful messages.
It’s becoming one of my fun daily routines to open this blogsite <3

7 years ago

Very inspirational and uplifting story. Thank you for sharing!

7 years ago

Total mood enhancer. Love it. Thanks for this inspirational true story. Life is what one makes of it, one way or the other. We all need inspiration and motivation! Keep them coming please!

7 years ago

Just the story I needed to hear. Thank you~~~

7 years ago

Like the lesson in fact there is a book written by a man name Cromwell whose sales went to help fund the founding of Temple University intitled “As a Man Thanks.”

7 years ago

so short but so powerful… love this!

7 years ago

great ideas but the photos are silly…young gorgeous female models undermine your message. How about overweight middle-aged averagy-looking women?
Style over substance is too often the case online and this makes your post no exception.

7 years ago

Such a great post to read this Monday morning. A great read indeed.

7 years ago
Reply to  Pooja

We’re glad you enjoyed :)

7 years ago

I’ve always expected and will continue to expect wonderful things to happen …like Vivian..beautiful story!