Common Days + Gratitude + Celebration = Holidays - The Design Alchemist
Common Days + Gratitude + Celebration = Holidays - The Design Alchemist
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Common Days + Gratitude + Celebration = Holidays

Common Days + Gratitude

+ Celebration = Holidays

“Gratitude is a powerful catalyst for happiness. It’s the spark that lights a fire of joy in your soul.”

Amy Collette

As we gather together this Holiday Season, the posture of “togetherness” will be defined much differently this year. The table will be set for smaller numbers of people, families & friends will be divided, the psychology of safety measures looping endlessly in our minds, and web-apps like ZOOM hosting as guest of honor in most households. Our attention is quite possibly scattered at the moment, as culturally we prepare for a Holiday season like never before.

We are in an overburdened world right now.

At times it seems impossible for our feelings, health, relationships, businesses, life as a whole to not be hijacked by the burdens. The load which is being carried by the nervous system of our world, not to mention our own selves, has serious implications.


But to quote Robert Frost “In three words I can sum up everything I’ve learned about life: it goes on.”


And so it does, and to this poignant point … we must take care of the seconds, the minutes which are here before us. The years to come will take care of themselves, it’s up to us to acknowledge with deep compassion the struggles of this year, even the pain. We must be our own best ally in working our “caring” and “kindness” muscles. But this also involves recognizing and refocusing our attention to the numerous things each of us have to be thankful for. Each of us have more than one thing to give thanks about, and in this current day and age … more than one is numerous.

During these “Holy-Days” I encourage each of you to take inventory of all the ways in which you are grateful. This mindful exercise re-wires the brain and hence the nervous system, to allow more enjoyment to be felt. Enjoyment in life, whether big or small, is a powerful way to take care of one’s self. If gratitude is not your natural disposition, it’s ok. A little time and effort never hurt anyone, and this challenge may prove to be well worth the discomfort. These “Holy-Days” take time, wherever you are, to come up with a gratitude list. Put down in writing your feelings of the whys and the hows in which you are grateful.


Again, if this doesn’t flow so naturally, don’t judge your feelings, however, don’t let that stop you either from still giving thanks. Even in this unprecedented year, gratitude and grace are whispering in our ears and showing themselves in even the most silent of ways … but if we only have eyes to see and ears to hear.

Take refuge this season in filling your seconds and minutes with ideas, places, and people who lessen the burden, lighten the load, and count YOU as one of their own blessings. And to triple the happiness, please consider giving and/or volunteering in some way – to pay it forward and to be someone else’s reason to feel grateful. We are never alone in our suffering, and we are never alone in our joy, please help us spread more joy to other’s these Holy-Days!


For it is no longer we or they, but only us.


With endless gratitude, Happy Season’s Greetings, TDA Collective. Be safe + be well.


With ❤



ps: A few special Charities and Non-Profits we are supporting these “Holy-Days”

Michelle Witherby
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