“Guess it comes down to a simple choice really. Get busy living, or get busy dying.” – The Shawshank Redemption
A bucket-list-life is one spent living spending your time doing the things you were made to do, and choosing to enjoy the ride! In order to live a bucket-list-life, we all need to keep our passion-bucket full.
Yesterday morning, I noticed an exceptional amount of gaping yawns as students filed into my classroom for a morning math dance. For my attendance question, as an attempt to zap some sleepy eyes with life, I asked students what they were most excited for that day. The two answers of choice were “sleep” and “for the day to be over.”
Before busting into the math fun that I was the only one excited for… I asked students this: Considering that we live in the most luxury and freedom of any society that has ever existed on earth … why is it that we often just want to sleep? Several of them answered by saying, “I’m always so busy, I’m too tired to think!” Later that day during the junior girls volleyball wind up, we belted the famous Let it Go from Frozen with karaoke music crackling. This was probably the most important task on my to-do list because it fuelled my soul for all the other necessary daily details.
Is this a familiar to-do list to anyone?
- Get up
- Go back to bed
In the book, Simplify: Ten Practices to Unclutter Your Soul, Bill Hybels says it is imperative for a person to keep their own passion bucket full in order to positively influence the people around them. In His book, Hybels asks people to consider this question, “How does it feel to be filled up and replenished?”
This is how people described the full bucket life:
- “I’m at my best when I’m filled up.”
- “I pray my best prayers.”
- “I feel the presence of God more consistently.”
- “I’m more attentive to the whispers of the Holy Spirit.”
- “I hear the voice of God more often than when I’m depleted.”
- “I love my spouse and my family well.”
- “I love perfect strangers. Heck, I even love Packer fans!” (When I hear this in Chicago, it’s impressive!)
- “When I’m filled up, I make better decisions about my schedule. I’m careful not to overcommit.”
- “I make better food choices and rest choices.”
- “I feel more creative, more soulful.”
Unfortunately, when the passion bucket runs empty, irritability, frustration, resentment, apathy and lethargy sneak in pretty quick.
The definition of busy is: Having a great deal to do. The truth is life is busy and busy doesn’t mean bad. However, in the midst of the rigmarole, God knows it’s good for us to keep refilling the passion bucket. He said, “Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart” – Colossians 3:23. In other words, live a bucket-list-life. As you look at your day ahead, add a few extras to your to-do list that you know will seep some fervor into your soul.
Keep the bucket-filling rolling and waltz right into a bucket-list-life. These were some of my personal favorite “To-do list” items suggested by google:
- Get into a crowded elevator and say “I bet you’re all wondering why I gathered you here today.”
- Major in philosophy. Ask people WHY they would like fries with that.
- Run into a store, ask what year it is. When someone answers, yell “It worked!” and run out cheering.
- Change name to Simon.. Speak in third person.”
- Notice kindness
- Learn something new
- Be thankful