Sitting Bones

Sitting bones-
seek comfort
relief.

Sitting knowing-
questions 
never
to be answered.

Questions-
repeatedly asked 

anyway.

Salty, salty tears-
stain plump,
pink cheeks.

Streaking, streaking-
the past runs away
in the heat.

Trickling-
to the chin
of the future.

Toward the heart-
carving the story,
eternally etched.

Details-
cemented 
in the scars.

Sitting bones-
sit.

~Daniela Thompson, 6/10/2020

Sunday Quote, 4/19/2020

Sunday Reflection Quote…And just like that, we’ve been thrust into the simple life. For me, it was 3pm on Friday, March 13th, when it was announced school would be closed until April 14th. My kids just left me 15 minutes prior. I wasn’t able to give a “proper” goodbye. Even though my chin was up, I numbly walked back to the empty classroom in disbelief. The closure was eventually extended until May 1st. Then, for the remainder of the school year. My heart broke for my students, families, and colleagues not once, but thrice. This was punctuated on March 15th when all wineries, restaurants, and life as we knew it closed. We literally went to Lodi on the 14th to hit the regulars and explore some new. A typical Just Us/Our Time Is the Best Time jaunt. Just like that, everything changed. Just like that, cancelled bubbled to the top as the new “C-word.” This includes S.F. Giant games, seeing my parents for Spring Break, a long planned trip to Graceland, and a cruise to Mexico. Just like that, everything continues to change. In the last month my emotions have mirrored grief. That’s what this is. What we, as a collective, have been doing in our own unique way. Last week, I was reminded I have a choice. I can have a pity party, or choose an attitude of gratitude and take it day by day. I intentionally chose the later and it had made a world of difference. I choose to give a nod to emotions; they are valid. I choose to accept what is, as it is. I choose to acknowledge I am enough; doing enough. I choose to lean in. I choose to let go. Here’s to the simple, intentional life! There is richness and value to behold. The destination may be undetermined, but I choose to hold hope we will all see this through. ❤️ #sunday #reflection #quote #simplelife #intentional #simplicity #accept #mindset #perspective #hope #grief #goodenough #letgo #contentment #coronavirus #stayhome #staysafe #staystrong #myownstory #keeponkeepingon

Enough

Elbows-
on the table
glow of the screen
socks kicked off
at the ready.

Here I hunker-
there you hunker
down
keeping
the in in
the out out.

Even when-
upset
uncertain
scared

We
are still here
gravitating to
the same place
the same space.

In this moment –
I can’t promise
anything
neither can you
nor they.

Things-
everything
shifting
changing
evolving.

Yet-
in this moment
as I belly up
to the table
socks near
my feet

Elbows-
on the table
ink dancing
on the page

It is enough.

In this moment-
I am enough
doing enough
so are you
so are they.

~Daniela Thompson, 4/2020

Sunday Quote, 4/5/2020

Sunday Reflection Quote…Just like that, we’re all getting schooled. Ironically, while we try to flatten the curve, the learning curve is insanely steep. The levels of adversity we’re experiencing as individuals and as a collective spans a continuum. The end points unknown. I’m reminded we all perceive and process adversity differently. Each predicated on prior experiences; each equally valid. Here’s to acknowledging the difficulties, shifting gears, and pressing on.

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Hope

The sun rises each morning.
Ready or not
light and rays
stretch out.

A warm blanket of
Hope
comforting those ready
to receive.

Hope is there
waiting on the porch
to be welcomed in.

Hope sees opportunity.

Knock, knock!
Are you in there?

Don’t you dare leave me
on the porch-

Wait,
Wait,
Waiting
To be invited in.

The inviting is surrender.

Don’t let fear
be a gatekeeper
Don’t let fear
block the door.

Don’t you see?
Hope is right on the other side.

Choose to open the door.

Let her in.

~Daniela Thompson

3/2020

Sunday Quote, 11/24/19

Sunday Reflection Quote…This thing called life is quite the ride. There are highs, lows, and unexpected turns. I’ve realized November is a tough stretch for me. There are painful emotional triggers punctuated by professional stressors. A downtrodden funk took hold, but I’m relieved to genuinely pull out of it and turn a positive corner. I’m reminded once AGAIN staying in the moment and having an attitude of gratitude is key. Here’s to continuing to rebuke bitterness and choosing to grow!

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Sunday Quote, 10/13/19

Sunday Reflection Quote…Life, longevity, and legacy have been lingering on my palate. I’m realizing more and more how short life truly is. One’s just peachy “normal” can be broadsided leaving a trail of disbelief or devastation. I’m reminded to savor the moment, to buy the ticket, and to speak up when necessary. Here’s to making it count; making memories.

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Sunday Quote, 7/21/19

Sunday Reflection Quote…Shifts require awareness. After giving the nod, it then takes courage to act. Based on my own standards, in order to be happy I have intentionally pushed through perceived expectations and assumptions. At times I have felt vulnerable and raw. At times I have felt like I’ve been voted off the island. At times I have felt confused and defeated. Nonetheless, through prioritizing, reflection, baby steps, and multiple resets I have created my own happiness. Here’s to continuing to shift my weight. #sunday #reflection #quote #tomstoppard #happiness #health #wellness #contentment #equilibrium #shift #priorities #letgo #forgiveness #determination #grit #goals #society #expectations #assumptions #mindfulness #myownstory #keeponkeepingon

Sunday Quote, 6/9/19

Sunday Reflection Quote…I woke up years ago and realized I was in the midst of a race I never planned to compete in. Once the eyes were open, striving for my own lane was an immense grind. As I close the door on school year twenty-one and embark on another summer, I can honestly say I’ve created my own lane. Others have no idea (cuz vault), but that’s irrelevant. What matters is that I know; I know I’m defining my own lane and finally winning.

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Sunday Quote, 6/2/19

Sunday Reflection Quote…This week I was reminded expectation leads to disappointment. Every. Single. Time. When there’s a picture in my head and things don’t go as planned, I get upset. There’s a continuum of feeling hurt, less than, or rejected. Although I keep on keeping on, truthfully it weighs on my heart. I’m reminded I can only have expectations for myself and do the best I can with what I have. Here’s to being in wise mind and not shoulding on myself.

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