Refill your bucket

Refill your bucket

Have you heard the term “refill your bucket”? If not, it goes something like this…
You are the bucket. Let’s say you start full. As you expend energy, time, emotion, love, etc. You are taking out of your bucket. Eventually, your bucket is empty, unless you refill it.

For example, Jim and I are at the American Association of Christian Counselors World Conference, even as I write this. We are learning lots of new and interesting ways to encourage and assist others. We are also spending time in fellowship and prayer with others. I don’t think my educational or spiritual bucket was empty, but there sure was room to add to them and they are pretty full at the moment.

On the other hand, we have been going from early morning to late evening and when we get back to NC, we close on our house and move in. So, my energy bucket is running a little low right now. However, with a full spiritual bucket, I can run on a low energy bucket for a few days, knowing that I will have time to sit and rest in about a week.

It’s important to keep refilling our buckets. If we let them get empty, and stay empty, it can harm us physically, as well as emotionally. If you have an empty gas tank in your car, you aren’t going anywhere until you put gas in the tank again. It’s the same concept with your personal bucket. You can’t do much if you’re running on empty.

I encourage you to take the time to think about what your bucket runs on and be aware of when your bucket is getting low. Then do something to get filled up again! It’s not being selfish, it’s being wise and staying healthy.

What can you do this weekend to refill your bucket? ENJOY!

*Pam Horton is a certified Stress Management coach in the Raleigh area.*


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