Yep there’s a free sign…but is it really free?
Nope, the best things in life are free…right? The best things in life simply put are not things;-)
However, when it comes to free is it really…I think not. Even if I find a penny on the ground, the cost of that penny is my energy to bend over and pick it up. That pretty much sums up the cost of free.
If its free you have to spend something to get it. Whether it’s time, gas or energy as humans we put a price tag on everything. So if you want to figure out what the cost of free is just figure out what you did to get that thing and that is the cost of that item.
I love to curb shop but the amount of energy it takes to carry some things homes makes me wonder if I would have been so willing if I had to pay for it in a store to then bring it home.
I have a great floor lamp I found on the curb 2 summers ago. Its 5″ tall and its made out of a heavy composite paste or something. Probably weighs 45-50 lbs. I dragged it home on my back almost 1/2 an hour to find out, thank goodness, that it worked.
It even had the shade until I broke it;-) I found out the reason it was being trashed is because there is a crack in it but its hardly noticeable and doesn’t take away from the look of the lamp.
If I had to guess I it probably cost me 2 lbs in fat, a sore back and the anxiety that I might have to purchase a rewiring kit. In the long run it was worth it. You have to realize that the cost of free is the price limit you set on what you yourself are worth in your own assessment.
If I had to do it again….because it was monitarily free, would I….? YES!
Case in point, it was not free physically, but… it didn’t cost me a dime!
Kelly Wilson – Full Circles Ottawa Moderator