Subconscious Rebellion

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I noticed this week that my attitude was poor.  I think I realized I was off when I noticed how strangely excited I was for the Super Bowl on Sunday.  Since last Monday all I could think about was not just going to the restaurant we found that displays American sports to see the “big game,” but also that I could order some buffalo wings.

A local sports restaurant/ bar in antigua owned by an American.  They translate the name into "Funky Monkey"

A local sports restaurant/ bar in antigua owned by an American. They translate the name into “Funky Monkey”

I took a bit of time to reflect upon my excitement and analyzed its strangeness.  I haven’t really watched, let alone cared that much, about football lately.  The first time we had a chance to watch football in the past couple years was when we visited family for Thanksgiving.  Even then, while it was fun to watch, it did not have the allure it once did.

Then I analyzed my “hankering” for wings.  I realized that in the past month or two when we were eating at restaurants with others, etc. that I did not really desire to eat any.  Now all of a sudden I do?  Don’t get me wrong, I LOVE buffalo wings, but I hadn’t really cared for them much until this past week arrived and we decided with some friends to meet for some American food and American football.  Suddenly, something clicked: I was experiencing some homesickness and probably a bit of culture shock.

It is a bit strange to me, actually.  I’ve experienced this in the past, living in different areas of the country and even experiencing life in different countries and environments all together.  Many of my military friends will agree that there are times on deployment where you break down and just plain hate everything despite loving our jobs and the people around us.  I enjoy where I am and what I am doing.  Although learning Spanish is difficult, I’m grateful for the opportunity and that it will make us effective in our ministry.  The food here is quite good, especially in the house we are living in (as you can tell from Missy’s previous post).  Even the people we have interacted with are quite kind: the missionaries helping us here, the cab driver, our teachers, our house mom, and everyone in-between.  Subconsciously though, I think my psyche is rebelling.  I noticed I’m a bit feisty this past week.  You can pick up on a little of it from my rant on my other blog.

I’m grateful for the training we received about this in NLAI’s School of Missions. We learned about how to recognize signs of this happening and what to do to combat it.  Ignoring it certainly isn’t the answer; we were taught to discuss it and give ourselves the “break” we need.  It is necessary for us from time to time to maintain our sanity by feeding our emotions and minds with the things we are used to, the things that are comfortable to us.  On Sunday we did just that.  If we ignore it or refuse to address it, eventually these seemingly minute subconscious rebellions will add up and become a complete breakdown of motivation to continue what we have been called to do.

Deep down, this is our desire.  We not only desire to be here, but we enjoy being here, we just have to let our minds catch up with our hearts 🙂  We are blessed to be here and supported by all of you who have done a fabulous job of making sure we do not feel forgotten or “out of sight, out of mind”.  We are also glad we decided to commit to two years before travelling back to the states so we can properly adjust to our new lives.  Please continue to pray for us as we adjust to this culture.

9 Responses so far.

  1. Lucille Sutton says:

    Hey Guys

    Do not be too tough on yourself, Dylan. We all get stopped in our tracks..or should..when the world takes on more significance than is part of Gods plan. We pray that always HE brings you back to a position of being sure of where HE wants you and that when the things that were such a part of your past life are there…perhaps HE wants you to enjoy them as long as they are kept in perspective. We are a work in process !!!

    Loves to you both

    Aunt Cille

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    From: Dylan & Missy’s Guatemalan Adventures [mailto:comment-reply@wordpress.com] Sent: Tuesday, February 05, 2013 7:33 AM To: nanas77@comcast.net Subject: [New post] Subconscious Rebellion

    Dylan posted: “I noticed this week that my attitude was poor. I think I realized I was off when I noticed how strangely excited I was for the Super Bowl on Sunday. Since last Monday all I could think about was not just going to the restaurant we found that displays Am”

  2. Hang in there bud…your mind will catch up 😉

  3. Katy says:

    Dylan, You and Missy are continually in my prayers. Isn’t God good? He provided a place in Antigua for just what you needed (football and wings). Who knew the two could be used in such a way! 🙂

  4. Brant Pawson says:

    As an individual who has spent huge chunks of time in their own head, all I can recommend is these simple words given to me by a friend “get out of your head” Yes analyzing things is in all of our natures, but you know you have been called to something greater then what you think, I love you Bro, and Hugs and High Fives to you and Missy

  5. Brad and Barbara says:

    Thank you, Dylan – for always being venerable and honest with your emotions. We love you both so much – and pray constantly for you !

    With love, Barbara

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