Bucket Filler

One particular evening while riding in the car, my son says to me, “I really liked my snack today!” “Oh that was a KIND bar!” I exclaimed.

*Pay particular attention to where the conversation goes from here.

My son goes on to explain, like many 6 year old boys do, “If you give it away it will fill their bucket and yours.” “Give what away,” I ask? “Kindness!” he says, enthusiastically. (insert giant smile here) He went on to explain that the bucket is not REALLY a bucket but an imaginary one that sits on top of your head. Oh how I wish you could have seen the smile that spread across my face as I began to really let this thought sink in. He went on to explain that if we are unkind we then become a bucket dipper. My son wanted me to note that the more kind we are, the more our buckets will fill up. Particular emphasis was given on the fact that we do not want to be a bucket dipper! The simplicity of what a 6 year old boy can teach about the power of kindness is truly special.

I sat silent for much of the ride home and really thought about how intentionally giving kindness could be such a gift. I guess I had never had the picture of bucket filler and a bucket dipper until my son’s simple statement. What a beautiful thought!

How will you intentionally be a bucket filler today? I’d love to read some of your ideas in the comments below.


  1. Stephanie October 5, 2015 / 9:08 PM

    I love this!!

    • Joanna October 6, 2015 / 7:47 AM

      It’s adorable how small children can teach us so much. I think our minds get filled as adults and we forget the basics of life.

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