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Are you a bucket filler or a bucket dipper?

Posted Friday, October 7, 2011, at 7:40 AM

This has been discussed with my children this week as they have learned about the Bucket Filler for Life program at Linton-Stockton Elementary. They've had presentations and convocations on the subject matter.

The basic concept is that everyone has an invisible bucket that carries their feelings. When our bucket is full; we feel great, but when it is empty; we consequently feel empty. So, when you do nice things for others, you fill your bucket with positive feelings while giving the gift of positive feelings to others. That's a bucket filler. A bucket dipper is someone who says or does things to make other people feel bad.

It makes sense, doesn't it? When someone does something nice for you or someone compliments you, it makes you feel good, right? Doesn't that make you want to do the same for someone else? When someone makes you feel bad, that doesn't give you encouragement to do something nice, does it?

My third grader came home with a picture of a bucket and a note this week. She told me that I was her bucket filler, because I was always doing nice things for her and always telling her I loved her. That made this momma feel pretty darn special.

My kids are my bucket fillers. All four of my children overfill my bucket every single day. Whether it's a smile, a hug, a kiss, or an 'I love you', they make me feel special and loved every single day.

While this concept is being taught to elementary students, it is definitely something that could benefit people of all ages. So, are you a bucket filler or a bucket dipper? What are some things that fill your bucket? What to you do to fill the buckets of others?

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