V = Vision / Victory / Vacant / Vacation!


“Where there is no vision, the people perish.”  Saying from the Bible

“The idea is to seek a vision that gives you purpose in life and then to implement that vision.  The vision by itself is one half, one part, of a process.  It implies the necessity of living that vision, otherwise the vision will sink back into itself.” Lewis P. Johnson

“If you can meet with Triumph and Disaster

And treat those two imposters just the same…”

Rudyard Kipling

“Defeat teaches better than victory.”  Saying  (Arab)


How do we find “vision” and “victory” when life tosses tsunamis our way?  About 2:30 in the morning the horrendous crash tossed me out of bed and had me running for my husband’s bathroom.  There he was passed out on the floor.  My husband’s screams of “I wish I was dead!” resounded throughout the house.  Due to his extremely low blood pressure he sometimes passes out when he simply stands up from a chair, the toilet, or the bed and when this happens my Type A Personality husband feels worthless and like an invalid.  His depression skyrockets.


But in order to become well, my husband needs to create a vision and work toward it until he is victorious.  One problem… this is NOT going to happen overnight!  Somehow we have to come up with a plan to help prevent more of his falls.  I especially worry that when we move into the apartment, that if my husband passes out in the tiny bathroom that he will do more injury to himself or kill himself as when he falls he could hit his head or neck on the bathtub or the corner of the bathroom counter.  Of course, maybe the small size of the room will force him to simply slide down the bathroom wall.

How do I place things strategically in the bathroom so my husband doesn’t hurt himself?  We will have some planning to do!


Tomorrow we head to the apartment so that my husband and I can put our heads together to create a strategic plan to prevent him from hurting himself.  My vision is that we work so that my husband does not pass out again.  Fortunately, he doesn’t pass out frequently, less than he used to, but his falls are increasing a tad bit again.  So we need to create tiny steps so that my husband can move forward in his goal to become healthy again.  His Victory!


However, I’m learning that with all my visions for success and victory for my husband that my brain is fried to the point of vacancy.  Plus, with the move, I’m praying that the house magically becomes vacant and that I can stop running items to the apartment.  My Vision for Victory is a Vacation!!






About Gwynn Rogers

After 20 years of sales and marketing experience in the fields of real estate, high tech, and corporate travel, Gwynn has moved on to the career of “Grandma.” When not teaching her granddaughters an extensive vocabulary of “alley-oop-boop, ups-a-daisy, cowabunga or bummer”, Gwynn can be found hunting for mentors for the Kitsap Youth Mentoring Consortium, or chasing her fantasies on her treadmill. Gwynn currently freelances for magazines.
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12 Responses to V = Vision / Victory / Vacant / Vacation!

  1. Susan Scott says:

    Great use of V’s Gwynn! Keep all those visions alive and well and victory will be yours! Good luck with tomorrow’s visit to the new apartment 🙂 open your eyes wide and see all the possibilities ..

    • Gwynn Rogers says:

      Hehehe… I have purchased a bathmat so we won’t slide in the tub. I have towels on all the walls… I created a “padded cell!” 😉 Now, as long as he doesn’t rip the towel racks from the walls in his falls, all should be fine… I HOPE!!

      Frankly, I’m at a point where I can’t get out of this house fast enough. This month has been grueling! Puff, puff… I can’t believe I did the Challenge three years in a row!! At this point, my eyes are opened wide, but I’m not sure they are focusing. Thanks for your lovely comment!!

  2. Gulara says:

    What a great evolution from Vision to Vacation! So pleased for you, Gwynn, this post filled me with hope and warmth. I’m smiling as I imagine you in your new apartment. Hope the visit goes well. And I’m so glad you are getting through the challenge! I know you had some doubts given how much you’ve got on, but you are nearly there!!!

    • Gwynn Rogers says:

      I am SOOOOOO shocked that I have survived the Challenge this far. You may laugh at my “Z” though!

      As for the apartment, as I told Susan, I have tried to convert the bathroom to a padded cell. I’m now debating whether to use bubble wrap for a carpet. But I AM SO exhausted!!!!!

      Thanks for being the lovely supportive person that you are!

  3. pat garcia says:


    You have quoted one of my favorite verses in the Bible. “Where there is no vision, people perish.” I believe that wholeheartedly. I believe that vision combined with action can change a person’s life forever.

    Visiting from the A to Z Blog Challenge.

    Patricia @ EverythingMustChange

    • Gwynn Rogers says:

      I too love that quote, but I have found that sometimes, even with vision and action that people perish as they attempt something too big or unrealistic. I fear that may have happened in our case. However, as I mentioned, it is both good and bad for us. Maybe God had a different vision for us!

  4. I hope you reach your vision of victory and vacation. After all the goings on, sure sounds like you need a vacation.
    I’ve been feeling the same for the past few days. My son’s fighting a stubborn virus, already missed three days of school, looks like he might miss more, fever keeps spiking, can’t really sleep as I feel I have to keep checking on him. Have to remind him to drink Gatorade, so he doesn’t get dehydrated. Where is that vacation? 🙂
    Praying all goes well with your move.

    • Silvia, my thoughts and prayers for you and your son that suddenly he will kick that thing and take a turn for the better.

    • Gwynn Rogers says:

      Oh Silvia, my heart goes out to you in dealing with your sick son. It is so scary when kids get sick. You take care of YOU TOO!!

      All is going well, but slow. Tomorrow the auctioneer comes to take everything that we don’t want and need away. The house will be more manageable then as I have already taken quite a bit. I will be SO HAPPY to be settled! I want to be a teenager again and sleep until NOON!! 😉 The Challenge is nearly over and we SURVIVED! 😉

    • Susan Scott says:

      I’m also wishing your son well Silvia. Hopefully he’s just resting and keeping hydrated and drinking Mom’s chicken soup. Mom too – the chicken soup that is … and resting (not so possible with a sick child)

  5. Gwynn, those falls are so scary, especially when you hear the thud and you are alone to deal with it. Once, my mother got herself wedged between the tub and the toilet. I had to run and get the guy next door to pick her up. Another time, she cut open her head when she fell in the dining room against adjoining walls. Thankfully the healthcare aide and hospice nurse were already on their way, and only minutes from our home. Both times, she escaped unharmed, except for a bleeding scalp wound in the latter event. But the bleeding stopped quickly.

    Otherwise, ditto what Susan says. Things are looking up for you, I believe. Padded cell and bubble wrap carpeting in the bathroom not a bad idea.

    • Gwynn Rogers says:

      Boy, your mom’s falls certainly were scary. My heart goes out to you. When my mom fell, she was simply propped upside down with her butt in the air. She didn’t have the strength to right herself. When I found her, she was laughing.

      My husband does NOT laugh with his falls, and the crash is terrifying for me. I would not be able to help my husband up, as he is too heavy for me. I hope the bubble wrap has enough bounce to make him spring back up on his feet! I’ll let you know!

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