This is the completely gorgeous artwork gracing the utility box in my neighborhood. It makes me smile every time I drive by, but it’s graffiti. And, my neighbors have been complaining to the HOA to have it removed for months.
It reminds me of the story about Joshua Bell in the subway — a world renowned classical musician, a $3.5 million violin, and a subway. In the 45 minutes he played, only 6 people stopped to listen, 20 people tossed in a total of $32.17, and each piece ended to deafening silence. Check it out:
People don’t appreciate the value in free. When I share some of my money saving tricks, I get a lot of “You get what you pay for.” We are so conditioned to assume you have to pay a lot to get anything worthwhile, but sometimes? You really can get a whole lot more.
You can find sales. You can enjoy free samples. You can take advantage of coupons. You can make your own from home. You can try a few lower priced options and see what works for you.
But, mostly, I hope you’ll learn to appreciate value and beauty around you — even if it’s free.