As the picture above shows, today was one of those days that I needed some extra coffee to get me going. We have all had those days, and there is nothing wrong with it. However, it makes me think of How Full is Your Bucket, a book I read several years ago about bringing the best out of yourself and your organization. At the risk of oversimplifying the book, there is one concise thought that summarizes the metaphor at the heart of the title:
Everyone has an invisible bucket. We are at our best when our buckets are overflowing - and at our worst when they are empty.
As we reflect on hazing during National Hazing Prevention Week, I want to share a simple thought - Hazing does not fill up our cups. It empties them and then screws on a lid so that it is nearly impossible to refill our own individual cups as well as those of our own organizations. Kind of like trying to refill my cup of Iced Coffee through the straw: it's not going to be very efficient and it is going to make a heck of a mess.
At their core, our organizations are about filling our cups to the point of overflowing. I believe it is safe to say that is why many of us joined - we were and continuing to look for new ways to fill our cups and be at our very best. So let's do that, let's be at our best, and stop emptying our own personal cups as well as those of our organizations by permitting the blight of hazing to persist in our organizations and communities and continuing to keep us from being at our very best.
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Rath, T. & Clifton, D.O. (2004). How Full is Your Bucket. Gallup: New York