See all these fountains? Together in one space. Imagine the soothing sound of the dripping water. One fountain is enough to decorate a patio, but all of these? This scene caught my attention because, to me, this is a picture of happy extravagance.
Nature is often extravagant. Forests are made up of tree after tree, in deep rows and so close together the sun can barely break through. Then there’s the ocean, with its millions of drops of water, swirling and reaching as far as you can see.
This month we’re planning our family Thanksgiving dinner. This meal tends to be extravagant. Side dishes cram the table. Our usual dinner veggie dish morphs into several kinds of offerings. The turkey will feed us for several days. The pumpkin pie will be joined by other pies and candies.
Extravagance is fine when it makes us say, “Wow!” and that is followed closely by gratitude. Thanksgiving dinner is a display of abundance tied to a giving of thanks for all this provision.
I want to strengthen the connection between abundance and gratitude. They go hand in hand, if we’re paying attention.
Wishing you a season of abundance, extravagance, joy–and gratitude.