Updated: Jun 14, 2019
A quote I've liked for a long time stuck itself in my head today.
"It costs nothing to be honest, loyal, and true." - The Avett Brothers
(I may have added the Oxford comma, and I am willing to fight anyone ants to argue with me about it. Not using it is just laziness.
Integrity is free. Kindness is free. Accountability is free. Happiness is free. All of these things are choices with no monetary value: honesty, loyalty, and truenessity? (I translate true in the quote to be a reference to integrity, but integrous doesn't have the same flow. Yeah, I could have just said truth and been done with it, but where's the fun in that?
Wow, I digress.
Honesty, loyalty, and truth also carry no monetary value. But there is more to value than that which is monetary.
Being a jerk is free: so is being a liar, or a complainer, or a pessimist. But those qualities (or lack there of) along with many others, are destructive and bring value to nobody.
Live a life that is free, or costs nothing, as the Avett Brothers so beautifully put it.
Use that freedom to bring value to the lives of others.
Impact. Encourage. Inspire.