Are you bucket filler? I learned through the children’s book, “Have You Filled a Bucket Today?” by Carol McCloud that we are all carrying around an invisible bucket that is either full or empty. When we are happy, our bucket is full. When we are sad or angry, our bucket is empty.
So why is bucket filling important? Well, if you are filling someone else’s bucket through good thoughts and actions, you are
filling your own bucket as well. If your words or actions are hurtful or selfish, you are being a bucket dipper to others and yourself. Who wants to be a bucket dipper?
This program, which is geared toward children, encourages positive behavior through expressions of kindness, appreciation and love of others on a daily basis. Who says we can’t learn from children? In my classroom, each child has a small silver bucket they have decorated. Students have access to small notes in which they write down positive things they have seen their
classmates do. The note is then placed in that person’s bucket. It is amazing to see the joy each child has in reading something positive that another child has said about them.
So, why can’t adults be bucket fillers? We are, but we are not making a conscious effort at doing so. Bucket filling is as simple as thanking someone for doing something for you, a smile, and even an apology. Bucket filling is easy---sharing your love of life with others, sharing your talents and time, giving blood, donating time at a food bank or shelter, spending time with shut-ins, the list goes on!
Don’t be a bucket dipper with a negative attitude; be the bucket filler God wants you to be!