do you ever take time to really think about what words mean? words we say casually everyday. words like 'thankful'. when i say i'm thankful am i really FULL of THANKS? full would mean no room for anything else, right? no doubt, anger, sadness, envy....just full of thanks.
what are you full of? i strive to be thankful, hopeful, truthful, faithful - so FULL of these qualities all mixed together that there is no room for anything else. this is not easy. this requires taking one's thoughts captive, not dwelling on things, not deriving joy/peace/contentment from things or circumstances.
tomorrow i celebrate Canadian thanksgiving with my family. and, while i fully intend to be physically full of turkey, apple crisp, stuffing, and the chocolate chip peanut butter cake cookies i baked tonight; i intend to daily decide to be thankful even when things don't go my way, always hopeful even when circumstances don't look good, truthful even when it would be easier deceive, and faithful even when people think i'm silly or naive for believing what i do.