Monday, August 6, 2012

This weekend my bucket was filled with raindrops

We all have an invisible bucket inside of us. It is where we keep our energy and self-worth. Sometimes it is full, other times it is empty. When it is full it makes us feel good, a feeling we are constantly searching for. When it is empty it creates a feeling of deflation, a feeling that none of us desires. When we fill someone else’s bucket by having a positive interaction with them, we are also filling our own bucket. But just as we have the ability to fill a bucket we also hold the power to empty a bucket. The emptying of a bucket happens when we have a negative interaction with someone. Something that most of us are not aware of is that each moment of everyday we are faced with the choice to either fill buckets or dip from them; choose to be an expert at bucket filling.

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)

kimmy nicole

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