How full is your bucket?
Do you have the tendency to fill or empty buckets?
This weekend when I went camping was when I was first introduced to the concept of having an invisible bucket. After learning about it I then participated in a group activity where we filled each other’s buckets, literally. On the last day of camp we sat in a circle and were each given a bucket and three raindrops. A paper bag with all of our names in it was then passed around the circle. We each pulled out three names and wrote on a raindrop for each of the people we drew. On these raindrops we wrote a compliment. We spent some time on each person’s raindrop because the goal of the lesson was not to give a “one size fits all” compliment but to write something personal, detailed and well deserved. When we were finished filling each other’s buckets we then got to read the raindrops written uniquely to each of us. Those three compliments were more than enough to fill my bucket and leave me walking on cloud nine.
Let’s all make a promise to make a greater effort on filling each other’s buckets instead of emptying them.
(Sources: The information and activity about our invisible bucket was found in the book: How Full Is Your Bucket by Tom Rath & Donald O. Clifton)