A Bucket of Blessings by Kabir Sehgal and Surishtha Sehgal stems from an a beautiful myth from India.
In Indian culture, some still regard the peacock as a magical creature who can make it rain by their dance. This story delivers a clear message that wether people know your name or not, it is a blessing to be a blessing.
I have been reading this book as a part of my meditation + mindfulness course. With culture, story, community and love this story teaches us what it means to selfless and compassionate.
Monkey, the main character, begins the story by being sad. His land is drying up and he doesn't know what to do. It hadn’t rained in weeks.
In a desperate search for rain and water, monkey remembers the story his mother once told him about making peacocks dance, which in turn can make it rain!
After discussing this with Peacock, Monkey sets off on a journey to find a little bit of water to help Peacock make it rain for the whole city.
After a long trip, with many stops along the way, Peacock gets the few drips of water she needs and makes it rain for the whole town.
At the end of the story, you are overcome with happiness for everyone in the town, and realize what a blessing it is, to be a blessing.
A beautiful story with equally inspiring illustrations. This is a favourite in our home and in my programs. I hope you and your family enjoy it too!