ok, I will warn you, this is not my average posting material. I’ll be risky…
“Freebies” VS “Not Freebie”. The difference between the two is priceless. I am getting the feeling that one can acquire any digital media that he or she desires absolutely free. There are thousands of design related blogs that constantly update and provide freebies all the time. (Hey, I’m one of them!) There are all kinds of digital media file sharing programs which are also very popular (I’m not one of them.) On one hand I am “pro” freebies – meaning an artist can give away his own artwork as he sees fit. A company can give away their own content also as they see fit.Â I will not discuss file sharing, that is a whole different ballgame.
Something may be overlooked by the average “freebies snatcher” (I confess: I am sometimes one of them) and this is what I would like to bring to your attention, it’s a subtle difference which is, in reality, priceless.
The subtle difference which is actually a major difference is the concept of “Giving”. When we download a freebie we become “Takers” and when we pay for something we have now become “Givers”
The concept of “Giving” goes far beyond the scope of this post, but in my opinion this is the main difference. We can all be “receivers” or “takers” very easily. In life, in our relationships and in our workplaces, taking is always done so simply. It’s Free – I’ll take 2! Once it comes down to actually giving something of ourselves in order to provide for someone else, this is where it gets challenging. Although some people think that by giving they are losing. I must say, giving does not mean losing. On the contrary, the one who “Gives” is actually winning (in most cases). He is winning in the game of life. The world survives on giving. The world can’t survive without G-d giving to the world, without parents giving to children, husbands to wives, friends to friends and so forth.
“Giving”does not always mean giving money, although money helps in some cases. Commenting and showing your appreciation is also a form of giving. Sending an email to say how much you appreciate something is a higher form of giving. Donations are great too. A Link back for credit is another way. So next time you take a few seconds out of your busy schedule to grab a freebie that will make your life easier. Remember: “Taking” is easy and “Giving” is a challenge. Rise to the challenge and be a “Giver” even if it just means to post comment of appreciation. Turn that “Freebie” into a “Not Freebie”and acquire it through “giving”.
I hope you enjoyed that, a comment would be appreciated
I don’t see anything wrong in giving away free stuffs/materials/contents to other people. As long as you make sure that what they got is not 100% of what you can offer.
that was beautiful!
I just found your site-thanks for your FREEBIES. Yes 2010 will be more comments/positive feedback from me on receiving freebies. One thing I really want to TAKE though … is a NAP!
will i agree to your post Giving is a big thing !! and not so many people can do that
very well written and i appreciate that you are one of those freebie givers 🙂
Totally agree with you here and want to start ‘giving’ by saying thanks for all the good stuff and inspiration you always send my way. Don’t want to end up like Ebenezer. In addition I don’t mind to pay a few bucks for a good resource, but the difference between the price of a freebie and a stock image is usually so huge. Anyways, in 2010 I will try to post my grattitude more often on those many resource sites within my bookmark list. 🙂
I could not agree with you more. I think that taking the time to leave positive feedback is something so simple and yet I often forget to do it. Thanks for reminding me. I like the option of making a donation. For some reason I am more likely to make a donation than buy something. 🙂