I laugh when I think of the term ‘Bucket Filler’. What is it exactly? Well, my six-year-old schooled me on it yesterday afternoon as she excitedly got in the car after school.

“Mommy! I’m a bucket filler!” she proclaimed. She proceeds to pull out a piece of paper that showed a colorful bucket filled with paper and what-nots.

“I’m lost. What’s that, baby?” I replied. Clearly I’d never heard the term before yesterday.

“A bucket filler is someone who does something nice for someone. It can be a smile or a hug. Maybe even just nice words. They work hard to do the right thing all the time,” she answered as she continued to smile from ear to ear regarding her report.

“Now that’s new to me. I like it though! So, tell me. Are you a bucket filler, baby?”

When I didn’t think her smile could get any larger, she said, “I am, mommy!” I smiled in return.
“Guess what else?”

“What’s that?”

“You don’t want to be a bucket digger,” she said shaking her head from side to side.

“What’s a bucket digger?” I knew it had to the opposite of a bucket filler, but I definitely wanted to hear her definition.

“A bucket digger is someone who doesn’t do the right thing. They are always taking from others, meaning mean, getting in trouble, not being nice.” Her smiled turned into a frown.

“Do you want to be a bucket digger?” I asked.

“Of course not, mommy! I’m a bucket filler for sure!” We both smiled and continued to our destination.

And I took this conversation as reiteration to my life that it’s all about being a bucket filler; a giver; not a taker. Regardless of what your profession is; no matter what your spiritual beliefs may be; regardless of how you perceive your impact on life, we’re required and should take the attitude that we MUST be bucket fillers. In general, I’m always looking for ways or being presented with opportunities to be a ‘bucket filler’. I just didn’t know that’s what I was representing.

Our hearts must be in the right place. Our actions must also follow. We must be purposeful in our intent to positively impact life and others. I just wanted to post this today to encourage you to strive to always be a bucket filler. It can be easy to allow life’s challenges and disappointments to distract and cause us to be selfish, rather than selfless; less than nonchalant about our fellow-man and more concerned with the overall well-being of our neighbors. The fulfillment of your life depends on it. And to think, it took a six-year-old to expound on this point! 😉