St. Anthony Messenger

April 2014

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St A n t h o n y M e s s e n g e r . o r g 2 0 ❘ A p r i l 2 0 1 4 L I V E W E L L ❘ B Y C O L L E E N M O N T G O M E R Y A N D J I M B R E N N A N Reset T he Brennan family has it going on! Between Colleen and me—as well as my other children—we write books, build houses, keep the streets safe, and bake until we drop. We run and bike countless miles, tend gardens, and keep up with the most energetic 4- and 6-year-olds the world has ever seen. Between relationships and commitments, life can get downright crazy. But when life becomes overwhelming, it's time to slow down, examine our values, and refocus our energies on appreciating the things that bring calm, happiness, and wholeness. In other words, reset! Relationships Relationships with family, friends, and coworkers play a central role in our emotional and spiritual well-being. Minimize the things that interfere with spending time with people you care about. Reset. Spend time with people who make you feel good and fill you with energy; reassess relationships that drain your energy. Self-acceptance, acknowledgment, and accep- tance of your flaws are the pathways to a more intimate relationship with yourself, oth- ers, and, most importantly, the Lord. Activities and Commitments Our lives are filled with family, social, and work obligations. Each commitment demands time and energy. It's easy to become overcom- mitted. Reset. Examine commitments in the con- text of your well-being. Recognize the differ- ence between commitments that are fulfilling and those that cause stress. It's important that we learn to say no! Change the way you look at your job. One specific task may skew your perception of your entire job. Having an honest conversa- © DOREEN SALCHER/FOTOLIA

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