Isaiah 6:8

8 Then I heard the voice of the Lord saying, “Whom shall I send? And who will go for us?”And I said, “Here am I. Send me!”

Saturday, May 2, 2009

Filling My Bucket

I was visiting my friend Xazmin on her blog site and found a wonderful entry about bucket fillers. I just had to share it with you today because it left such a profound feeling with me. "Have any of you seen the phrase "the bucket filler" floating around blog land? I too have seen it here and there and wasn't quite sure what it was." I am glad I read This is the Year daily, along with several other posts, and I am always delighted by the wonderful humor, emotion, honesty, tales, recipes and many other posts and comments that I read each day. What I didn't realize was that each one of you has been filling my bucket on a daily basis!

The bucket filler was started by a blogger named Jan whose blog Xazmin just recently discovered and loves! Xazmin loves I had to go and check her out myself. But that is how blog reading read about someone else's stuff...and your readers go and read it. But, that is beside the point...."the bucket fill revolves around the idea that we each have invisible buckets. Our buckets are filled when we have positive, uplifting interactions with people. By the things they say, or by their actions. When our buckets are full, we are happy.

We also all have invisible dippers. They can be used to fill the buckets of others, or to dip into and lessen the buckets of others. Unkindness and negetivity empty our buckets and diminish our happiness.

Perhaps many of us don't try to empty each others buckets, but at the same time maybe we find it uncomfortable to make the effort to fill the buckets of others. This tradition is an effort to overcome that difficulty and help us each receive the joy to be found both by having our buckets filled and by filling the buckets of others."

Xazmin did not toss the bucket to me but in her post....she did challenge me to be a much better person....and be more uplifting! "So, I too forthe entire month of May plan to do my best to fill your buckets! I don't know if there are any particular rules or protocols for this assignment, so I'll just roll with it! Each day I will share something that I hope will add a little more to each of your buckets. It may be a thought within my post, or it may be a post in itself. Either way I hope that each day you leave my blog feeling uplifted, and that your buckets are each a little fuller!

So for my very first "bucket filler", I'd like to share a quote from William James:

"Act as if what you do makes a difference. It does."

I truly believe that my life does make a difference to everyone I come in contact with. My thought is...what kind of difference? Happy Saturday!


Xazmin said...

I just love you! Thanks for saying such sweet things.

You are always filling my bucket as well!

I look forward to coming each day and seeing what you have to say...I hope you are having a wonderful weekend!

lagirl said...

I feel a song comin' on.
Instead of "You light up my Life", how about "You Fill Up My Bucket"? I'll write it. You sing it. We're gonna be RICH!! LOL

Jill of All Trades said...

Thanks for the visit. I'll be back. Oh I saw you read Hissy Fit. I just finished it on audio and loved it. Can't wait to read more of her books.

Leigh of Bloggeritaville said...

What a fabulous post!