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"Life is lived forward, but understood backward. It is not until we are down the road and we stand on the mountain looking back through the valley that we can appreciate the terrain God has allowed us to scale.” Jill Savage

Monday, August 02, 2010


My daughter started back to school last week and they gave her this book for her room. She came in handed it to me - she said, "You'll want to blog this." And she was right - how well she knows me. If anything at all was my mission statement of life - this would be it. ENJOY!

Have You Filled a Bucket Today? A Guide to Daily Happiness for Kids.

By Carol McCloud
Illustrated by David Messing

This book is excellent!

"All day long, everyone in the whole wide world walks around carrying an invisible bucket.

You can't see it, but it's there.

You have a bucket.

Each member of your family has a bucket.

Your grandparents, friends, and neighbors all have a bucket.

Everyone carries an invisible bucket.

Your bucket has one purpose only.

Its purpose is to hold your good thoughts and good feelings about yourself.

You feel very happy and good when your bucket if full,and you will very sad and lonely when your bucket is empty.

Other people feel the same way, too.

They're happy when their buckets are full and they're sad when their buckets are empty.

It's great to have a full bucket and this is how it works . . .

You need other people to fill your bucket and other people need you to fill theirs.

So, how do you fill a bucket?

You fill a bucket when you show love to someone, when you say or do something kind, or even when you give someone a smile.

That's being a bucket filler.

A bucket filler is a loving caring person who says or does nice things that make others feel special.

When you make someone feel special, you are filling a bucket.

But you can also dip into a bucket and take out some good feelings.

You dip into a bucket when you make fun of someone, when you say or do mean things, or even when you ignore someone.

That's being a bucket dipper.

A bucket dipper says of does mean things that make others feel bad.

Many bucket dippers have an empty bucket. They think the can fill their own bucket by dipping into someone else's...but that will never work.

You never fill your own bucket when you dip into someone else's.

But guess what...when you fill someone's bucket you fill your own bucket too!

You feel good when you help others feel good.

All day long, we are either filling up or dipping into each other's bucket by what we say and what we do.

Try to fill a bucket and see what happens.

You love your mom and dad. Why not tell them you love them? You can even tell them why.

Your caring words will fill up their buckets right up.

Watch for smiles to light up their faces. You will feel like smiling too. A smile is a good clue that you have filled a bucket.

If you practice, you'll become a great bucket filler.

Just remember that everyone carries an invisible bucket, and think of what you can say or do to fill it.

Here are some ideas for you. You could smile and say "Hi!" to the bus driver.
He has a bucket too.

You could invite the new kid at school to play with you.

You could write a thank-you note to your teacher.

You could tell y our grandpa that you like to spend time with him.

There are many ways to fill a bucket.

Bucket filling is fun and easy to do.
It doesn't matter how young or old you are.
It doesn't cost any money.
It doesn't take much time.

And remember, when you fill someone else's bucket, you fill your own bucket too.

When you you're a bucket filler, you make your home, your school, and your neighborhood better places to be.

Bucket filling makes everyone feel good.

So, why not decide to be a bucket filler today and every day? Just start each day by saying to yourself, "I'm going to do something to fill someone's bucket today."

And, at the end of each day, ask yourself, "Did I fill a bucket today?"

"Yes I did!" That's the life of a bucket filler . . .


(Pages 4-32.) Hope it was to okay to type this book - buy it for your children (the pictures are aweome) - get a copy for your kids teachers - and buy one for your family!!!!!!!!!

Maybe we could change the world!

Okay - let's go out and fill someone's bucket today and then come back and tell me about it.

Happy birthday to Carol O'Connor - wikipedia - Did you see the movie "Return to Me"? Best movie he was ever in! You will love it.

In 1962, while he was in Rome, Italy filming Cleopatra, O'Connor and his wife adopted a six day old boy, naming him Hugh, after O'Connor's brother who died a year earlier. Later, during the production of O'Connor's television show, Archie Bunker's Place, then 17-year-old Hugh worked as a courier on the set of the show. O'Connor would eventually create the role of Officer Lonnie Jamison on In the Heat of the Night for his son.

In 1989, O'Connor's long time cigar smoking, finally caught up with him. O'Connor, was admitted to the hospital for bypass heart surgery.

In 1995, O'Connor's son Hugh committed suicide after a long battle with drug addiction. Following his son's death, O'Connor appeared in public service announcements for Partnership for a Drug Free America and spent the rest of his life working to raise awareness about drug addiction. O'Connor also successfully lobbied to get the State of California to pass legislation allowing family members of an addicted person or anyone injured by a drug dealer's actions, including employers, to sue for reimbursement for medical treatment and rehabilitation costs. The law, known as the Drug Dealer Civil Liability Act in California, went into effect in 1997. Eleven other states followed with similar legislation, which has been referred to as The Hugh O'Connor Memorial Law.

In 1998, after years of heavy cigar smoking, O'Connor underwent a second surgery to clear the blockage in a cardiac artery to reduce his risk of a stroke.

O'Connor died on June 21, 2001 in Culver City, California from a heart attack brought on by complications from diabetes. His funeral mass was celebrated at St. Paul the Apostle Catholic Church in Westwood, Los Angeles, California


Knitty said...

What a wonderful idea! Your blog posts are definitely bucket fillers, each and every day.

I am going to try to think of specific good things to do or say to a few people today.

Thena said...

Just requested it from the library. Sounds like a must read.

Melanie said...

That is such a great post, Sandie, and it's true when you stop to think about it!
I agree with Knitty. Your posts are definite bucket fillers.
Many ((hugs)) and *smiles* from me to you to fill YOUR bucket today!!

debbie said...


Gaston Studio said...

Wonderful post Sandie, just wonderful!

Country Wings in Phoenix said...

Good Morning Sandie Sweetie...
Let me fill your bucket today, by telling you what a wonderful share. I think all schools should hand this book out to the kids. I am going to see if I can find it.
You have so inspired me sweet friend. Thank you.

Hope you have a beautiful day today. I am back to work and lots to do. See ya later.

Many hugs of sunshine and love coming your way. Love, Sherry

Deb said...

Great post today! I haven't filled a bucket yet but I have filled my coffee mug!

Going to go work on that now!

Happy Monday!

Sr. Ann Marie said...

Wow, Sandie! You're the second person in less than a week who has blogged about this bucket idea. I think somebody is telling me something! Guess I better get me a bucket!

Susan said...

That was nice, Sandie. At first I thought the bucket theme referred to a "bucket list," thing you want to do before you die.

But filling the bucket is good, too. I definitely try to do that on a daily basis, moment by moment. Most days I'm pretty successful at filling the bucket...some days, the bucket goes out the window. ha!

Take care. Hope your bucket overflows today. Sincerely, Susan

Live Out Loud said...

In this case, your own bucket must be filled everyday!

Wouldn't it be wonderful if all politicians abided by this book?

Did you know that when you do a good deed, your immune system gets a boost?

Did you know that when you SEE someone do a good deed - even if you've done nothing, you're just watching - your immune system gets a boost!

We are hard-wired to spread goodness and compliments and lend a helping hand.

What a wonderful book and a wonderful blog post about it.

Thank you for sharing.

Tanna at The Brick Street Bungalow said...

You are ALWAYS filling our buckets! Thank you.

Linda @ A La Carte said...

I love this book! How wonderful and I am so glad you shared with us. Your Daughter does know you well and I am so glad she brought this home for you to read. Wonderful. You are a bucket filler my sweet friend!

ClassyChassy said...

Good reading today, bucket filler lady!

Rose said...

this book gives a great message to young and old. we should always try to make another feel that they are accepted and special.

Jane said...

I know some people who are unhappy whether the bucket is full or empty! I loved Carroll O'Connor and In the Heat of the Night. What a great show!


Mevely317 said...

Great post!
Return to Me is one of my all-time favorite movies ... my VCR copy is quite worn out!

Sallie (FullTime-Life) said...

That was nice Sandie -- and lovely your daughter knew you'd like it!

I can't believe summer is over already -- seems like it just started.

Thanks for all your nice comments -- my connection has been slow and I am so behind on visiting.

Homemade Quilts by Granny said...

I did enjoy reading the book. Trish

Buttercup said...

I love the smiling bucket! When I stop by to visit I feel great. You are a terrific bucket filler. Thanks!

Life is good! said...

love, love, love it! i'm gonna find that book. once again- a great post. i love watching reruns of "all in the family"! i think carol o'coner was one of the greatest actors. i enjoy reading info you post about each day!

ocmist said...

I must say that you are one of the best bucket fillers I know! I always miss it when I can't get over here for a long period of time!

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Anonymous said...

Not to be a bucket dipper but I would imagine there are copyright issues typing the whole book rather than an excerpt or two...

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