Are You a Bucket Filler?

We’re already into the second month of 2020, not only a new year but a brand new decade! Many of us made New Year’s resolutions/goals to do or accomplish certain things to better our lives and possibly of those around us.  My goal for 2020 is to live a life with no regrets. After scrutinizing my 2019 thoughts, deeds, and actions, I recognized an important area that I fall short in is “filling buckets. ” I read the book, “How Full is Your Bucket,” last year, and the authors use a “dipper” and a “bucket” as a metaphor to explain that” each of us has an invisible bucket, which according to them is either “emptied or filled.”
In life, we all know people who are happy and positive, but others who are grumpy or negative. Happy people usually fill our buckets and make us feel good, while cynical individuals tend to make us feel sad and empty. Our daily choices impact our relationships, productivity, health, and happiness, and we are at our best when our buckets are overflowing, and at their worst when our buckets are empty. The same is true with others. Every day we have the opportunity to fill other’s buckets, which in turn helps to fill our own. It’s like the idiom, “what goes around comes around.” We set something in motion, either positively or negatively, every time we interact with others.        Filling buckets can be as easy as:
*Shining a light on what is right – compliment or recognize what you notice is right, admirable, or positive in another person.
*Giving unexpectedly – look for opportunities to give to another – gifts don’t have to be tangible. It can be a gift of trust or responsibility. Sharing something personal, a hug, or something as small as a smile may fill a person’s bucket.
*Reversing the golden rule – do for others what THEY would like. Bucket filling must be specific to the individual.
unnamed-1In 2020, I plan to seek daily opportunities and make conscious efforts to fill no fewer than five buckets with positive interactions, which in turn will help my bucket overflow with positivity and optimism.

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