When we are sad, lonely, angry, grieving or bitter, we often look for something to make us feel better.
In 27 years of nursing, I witnessed and traveled through the deep trenches of grief.
I have found the greatest ways to warm my heart, and to heal myself.
It’s easy, it’s free, you can do it anytime, you don’t need anyone to do it for you.
Here’s the Secret:
Acts of Kindness! Do something for someone else, with nothing expected in return!
This is time-tested and true. When your heart is hurting, just let it be - for now. Go do something nice for someone else. What it can do for your broken heart is amazing!
Here is a must-read book:
Have You Filled a Bucket Today? A Guide to Daily Happiness for Kids.
I say it is a guide for everyone. Carol McCloud writes beautiful books explaining how we all carry an invisible bucket. And when we don’t have love, kindness or self-esteem in our lives, our bucket is empty.
Some people with an empty bucket try to dip into other buckets to feel better—those who bully or who are unkind. But that never makes them feel better. It actually makes everyone feel worse.
When my kids tell me that someone was being mean I ask what they think is going on.
They reflect and answer, “They have an empty bucket.” They are reminded not to allow someone to hurt them, but to be compassionate. Carol shares these priceless lessons all over the world.
She has known grief, and chooses to be a master bucket filler and help heal the world. www.bucketfillers101.com.
We all have empty buckets at times and don’t know how to fill them, how to feel better...
Try this: Acts of Kindness and Bucket-Filling.
What Can You do Today, to Bring Joy to Someone
and Fill Your Own Bucket too?
7/27/2016 08:11:41 am
This is so true, doing for someone else. I will be looking for the book. Love
7/27/2016 02:16:47 pm
Hi Jane, it is in many book stores. My copy is in my Self-Care Toolbox! :)
7/27/2016 08:34:43 am
Goodmorning Yvonne, the first thing I heard this morning is this message re being a bucket filler. Perfect way to start my dayxoxo mom
7/27/2016 02:18:24 pm
You have always been a great bucket filler, mom, with the two most important things; love and gratitude! :)
7/27/2016 08:35:36 am
Love your snippets..always lift me up..well said Yvonne. Every time I see you I am reminded of our time in chemo..you always made such an awful time ...fun!! With your full bucket😄
7/27/2016 02:19:43 pm
Thank you so much, Norma. That means so much to me. I figure...it's already serious enough, right? If we can have a few laughs along the way, why not! I keep my bucket full!! :)
7/27/2016 09:59:33 am
LOVE THAT BOOK! I have given it more than once for a baby shower gift as the message is so important.
7/27/2016 02:20:51 pm
So glad to hear that, Judy! Me too. I can't count how many I've given to people. She has written other lovely bucket filling books too! :)
7/27/2016 04:45:49 pm
Just want to say that you are exactly right. When I feel down and blue I think about what I can offer someone. It always makes me feel on top of the world.
7/28/2016 11:53:57 am
Sometimes we just have to get out of our own stuff. Hard not to feel better when you make someone smile! :)
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