“So, what did you do this weekend?” I often ask my patients on a Monday. As I’ve mentioned before, I love to hear about what people are up to and what makes them tick; the “people part” is the most enjoyable part of my job.
When patients returned the question back to me, I found myself saying that I had a “low-key weekend.” “It was quiet,” I’d say, “we didn’t get up to much,” or “there was lots of downtime.” And yet, when I replay my weekend it was anything but quiet:
- I ran 18km with one of my best friends at 6:00am on Saturday morning.
- I worked until 1:00pm on Saturday afternoon.
- I snuggled with my kids and watched a movie on the couch.
- We went to our dear friend’s for dinner on Saturday night.
- We went to church on Sunday morning.
- We went apple and pumpkin picking on Sunday afternoon.
- I sorted and purged both kid’s closets, dressers, and bookshelves.
- We did some Fall planting and yard cleanup.
- We watched all three Jays games on the edge of our seats.
Throw in some laundry, some food prep, and some housecleaning, and it was a full, busy weekend. So how is it that I feel so refreshed and rejuvenated? I think it’s because I love to do all of these things (minus the housecleaning). Find what you love to do. Do it. That’s the trick. A happy life is built upon time well spent.
My daughter’s Kindergarten class has been talking lately about the concept of “bucket filling” and “bucket dumping.” Bucket fillers are people (and things) that make you feel good and content, while bucket dumpers are people (and things) that make you feel bad. She excitedly tells us about the bucket filling tickets she earns at school by cleaning up, helping a friend, and sharing. She’s proud of those tickets, and she’s learning to be a bucket filler herself and hang around with others who fill her bucket.
My bucket was filled up this weekend. “My cup runneth over,” I texted my friend after our early Saturday run, and it’s true. I’m full of gratitude for the life I have, contentment for the life I’ve built, and happiness for the life I live. I’ve had this image saved on my phone for weeks, and I finally get to use it today:
I hope you get to fill your bucket this Thanksgiving weekend.
***And I hope that Marcus Stroman is a bucket filler for Jays fans when he pitches tonight.