During SPLICE I (Dana) have been learning to slow down and take a look around, and for me that has a couple of applications. The first is taking the time to “stop and smell the roses.” I have been so preoccupied with selling a house, moving, walking away from employment, settling into a new home, new routine all the while feeling the pull to spend every other minute in Partner Development that I have failed to notice the little things in life that bring me joy! Take the sunrise. Did you know there is one everyday? I rarely get up early enough at home to see it or if I do, I don’t take the time to look out the window! Here at MTI I have taken a moment to enjoy the amazing sunrises. Another application has been laughter! I truly believe this is one of the greatest stress releasers and we have definitely needed to relieve some stress here. I don’t know when I have laughed as hard as I have here! I also strangely have enjoyed doing laundry…well I always have enjoyed laundry but for me here it has been something normal. It is amazing how something so routine as laundry and a trip to Wal-Mart brings me joy and gives me the feeling of home. One of my new favorite things is dark chocolate! As a diabetic chocolate has not been my friend, but Caleb and James started this Chocolate Club here and of course I had to join! I have to say that I really didn’t like the dark kind but was willing to give it a try and found it is most definitely and acquired taste. The first time I tried it, I bit it, which I soon learned was not the way to eat dark chocolate. You must take the time to let it melt in your mouth. Wow, when I realized that I actually started to enjoy the dark kind. The lesson for me here was to slow down…enjoy the moment. The friends I have made here have been such an encouragement and it has been refreshing to spend so much time together. I feel like we have been at college for adults! There is nothing like having a group of people together with the same mission, to make Jesus known in all the nations, to inspire and encourage you.
Another aspect of SPLICE is to slow down and look at things from other people’s perspective. The whole conflict style section was a huge eye opener for me. I expected because I react one way, everyone around me should be looking through the same lens. Having this knowledge as I interact with others, especially my husband & children, is going to be huge.
I want to thank SPLICE for going where no one has gone before. You have given my loved ones a chance to honestly tell me how to improve my communication and conflict styles. SPLICE has made me look inward to areas where I need improvement. It hasn’t always been easy and there have been a few tears along the way but what I have learned here will make me a better wife, mother and team member. I am still going to make mistakes and step on some toes, but I have the tools I need in my tool belt and a God that will help me use them!