A chaotic circle of distracted three year olds surrounded me on the calendar carpet.
“Please keep your hands to yourself, friends.” “Catch a bubble so you can hear our story friends.”
I had their attention, maybe for only a few minutes, so I quickly began to read.
The pages of this particular book intrigued me, not only because I found it relative to my classroom, but to my business, and to life in general.
So, the story goes a little something like this…
We all have an invisible bucket we carry with us everywhere we go (I know this metaphor sounds ridiculous, just go with it). Whenever we do something good for others, our bucket gets filled. When someone shows us kindness, generosity, love, our bucket gets filled. A compliment, an act of charity, a hug, those are all bucket fillers, things that leave us feeling confident, and peaceful, and loved. Likewise, there are things we can do to take away from our buckets. If we talk about a friend behind their back, if we criticize another without knowing their circumstance- those actions take away not only from the other person’s bucket, but from our own buckets as well. Leaving us feeling hurt, and alone, and empty.
If you give love, you are filled and others are filled. If you choose hate, not only are you hurting someone else, but you’re taking away from the good that fills you up as well. Think about it, which do you choose?
Thea chooses whichever bucket is filled with Frosty Paws. But seriously, how could you not love how she’s standing on the steps, Silly Pupper.
May your bucket be filled with love and laughter today and always.
For anyone that is interested, the book I referenced is How Full is Your Bucket by Mary Reckmeyer and is available on Amazon.