Little Billy and I have been talking a lot lately about being a bucket filler. He first learned about this concept in kindergarten, or maybe a little earlier, and quickly embraced it. He's a darn good bucket filler, if I do say so myself!
Since he has the school and home settings down, I've been trying to introduce him to other situations where bucket filling could make a difference. Enter soccer.
Billy's spring soccer team was undefeated. They had a great coach, worked well together and, most importantly, had a lot of fun. This season? Not so much. The coaches are trying hard, but they're not syncing with the kids and the kids aren't syncing with each other. They've only won one game and they're not having fun. It's been such a bust that Billy doesn't plan to play next year.
I've never been a coach, so I don't have the technical skills to solve any of the team's problems, but I can see that they aren't working well together. There's no "team" in their team. So, I told Billy that one of the best ways he can contribute is by being a bucket filler. Telling his teammates good job or nice try on the field. Giving them high fives. Cheering for the little wins, like a steal or save or near score.
He gets it and he tried, sort of, but he's not comfortable being so vocal (on the soccer field, at home we can't get him to be quiet!). It's something we continue to work on.
Now that soccer is almost over (thank the heavens!), I want to find other ways for him to be a bucket filler. And I want to continue to model the positive side effects of being a bucket filler and having your bucket filled. Today, for example, a coworker told me that I was a good editor. I'll take that compliment any day, but first thing in the morning after a hectic day? That is super bucket filling! I'm now ready to face my day in a way I wasn't an hour ago.
Are you an active bucket filler? What are some things guaranteed to fill your bucket?