Hey Frugs! I have a guest post from a Facebook friend (in my head), Safi Thomas. I’ve never met him, but I love the way he constructs an argument! Safi, who is the founder of The Hip-Hop Dance Conservatory, wrote a beautiful post about respecting what people give you for free. Because of my profile, I often receive freebies and people often ask me to do things for free. No matter what side of free that you are on, remembering and cherishing the value of what is being offered is extremely important. This post made me think! Enjoy!
Cherish What People Give You for Free by Safi Thomas
What we receive for free we take for granted. You see, nothing is truly free. Someone, somewhere is “paying” for it. Someone is making a personal investment in order for us to receive something for free. People are often only concerned about their need i.e. “I don’t have the money to pay.” But do not consider the impact on whom they are asking this from or others.
When we receive something for free, it is the highest gift. We must honor that and cherish it. We have an obligation to repay that sacrifice through our own deeds relative to those who offer it to us. I watch daily as people squander what they receive for free. They quit or don’t put full effort into or throw away things they receive for free, because “free” in America means “no value.” Yet what we receive without a pricetag attached is invaluable. There is no price high enough to describe its value. It is an offering of the highest order.
Free is an extention of human discourse that says, “I honor you enough to offer my goods, my services, my skill or my knowledge for no price. I respect you enough to endure this sacrifice so that you may benefit. I love you enough to recognize your need and fulfill it without cost.”
Please respect more what you receive for free.
Philanthropist, educator, choreographer-Safi Thomas is the Artistic Director and founder of The Hip-Hop Dance Conservatory in New York.