Sunday, November 3, 2013

a better bucket list

Have you filled a bucket today? That's the mantra at the elementary school where my friend Layne teaches. Inspired by a picture book by Carol McCloud, it has nothing to do with the bucket list people make of things they hope to do in life. Instead, it's about recognizing that each of us carries around an invisible, metaphorical bucket. Acts of kindness and caring fill it up, meanness and negativity can drain it dry. Young children really respond to this. They discover that in filling other peoples' bucket with a dipper here and a dipper there of goodness, the level in their own bucket rises. Whether your bucket runneth over or is running on empty, living the answer to this simple question may be just the oasis you need.     

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