Monday, January 31, 2011

How's your Bucket?

Is your bucket full?

Yesterday afternoon we had a little girl
time..............


My two little nieces came over to visit so of course
we had to have a little tea time.......


On the menu, cute heart cookies , yummy jelly sandwiches ......
and the girls brought fruit loops to share and gummies...
we had quite the menu........


This is my niece Kali she is 5.........

She asked me how my bucket was?
"Bucket?" I said,
She said, "are you a giver or a dipper?"
"Are you filling someones bucket?"
Then I got it, I said "I sure hope I'm not
a dipper, I don't want to be a dipper"......



She said, "you wanna know how to fill someones
bucket?"

Smile!
"Or you can do something kind for them, like helping them if they
fall, being nice to them, that's how you can help fill their bucket."

Life lessons from a 5 year old. :]

Bucket Fill-osophy 101
Each one of us has an invisible bucket.

It is constantly emptied or filled, depending on what others say or
do to us.

When our bucket is full, we feel great.

When it is empty, we feel awful.

Each of us has an invisible dipper.

When we use that dipper to fill other people's buckets ~ by saying or doing things to increase their positive emotions ~ we also fill our own bucket.

But when we use that dipper to dip from others' buckets ~ by doing or saying things that decrease their positive emotions ~ we diminish ourselves.

Like the cup that runneth over, a full bucket gives us a positive outlook and renewed energy. Every drop in that bucket makes is stronger and more optimistic.

But an empty bucket poisons our outlook, saps our energy, and undermines our will. That's why every time someone dips from our bucket, it hurts us.

So we face a choice every moment of every day: We can fill one another's buckets, or we can dip from them.

It's an important choice ~ one that profoundly influences our relationships, productivity, health, and happiness.



A smile costs nothing but gives much. It enriches those who receive without making poorer those who give. It takes but a moment, but the memory of it sometimes lasts forever. None is so rich or mighty that he cannot get along without it and none is so poor that he cannot be made rich by it. Yet a smile cannot be bought, begged, borrowed, or stolen, for it is something that is of no value to anyone until it is given away. Some people are too tired to give you a smile. Give them one of yours, as none needs a smile so much as he who has no more to give. ~Author Unknown

I hope your bucket is overflowing!

Elizabeth

P.S This book looks neat here Have You Filled a Bucket Today?

5 comments:

a vintage knitter said...

WOW!!!!!!!!! What a wonderful post!! and to think an adorable 5yr old propmted you to share such a wonderful life lesson...not to mention an adorable tea time with the gang!!

God Bless and I hope your bucket is overflowing!!:) Here's a smile to help it along!! :) and a hug O

Have an amazing week to you and your followers:)

It's me said...

What a lovely beautiful story !!...happy day darling....love love love Ria......

Heaven's Walk - said...

Out of the mouth of babes.... ♥

xoxo laurie

Gloria said...

Beautiful post!
What a sweetheart your niece is! Thank God he allows us to hear the lessons we need to hear. When it is from a child it is so precious...:)

Have a wonderful evening!

XOXO Gloria

koralee said...

This makes my heart happy....our schools theme this year is bucket filling...so all our students know everything there is to know about this wonderful thing called "bucket filling"....

My bucket is overflowing today....xooxox hugs.