Isn't this view just spectacular?
It's so calming to look at the ocean, isn't it?
The turquoise blues and emerald greens, the vastness of the horizon - just spectacular.
Isn't it amazing how the most precious gifts in life are things that money can't buy?
As I sit here on the 24th floor of my parents' condo building, gazing at this mind-boggling Divinely created work of art before my eyes, I am so grateful for all of the gifts Hashem gives me at every single moment.
Driving around Miami, I'm constantly gawking at the multi-million dollar homes and fancy cars people have here. Living on such a high level of materialism sure makes it easy to view money as the end-all and be-all of life. But we all know it's not.
So, I'm putting together a small list of things that money can't buy. These things, these blessings from Hashem, are usually taken for granted because most of us enjoy them on a daily basis.
If we have these blessings, we can consider ourselves the richest people in the world.
Things that money can't buy: your eyesight, your working brain, your sense of smell and taste, your ability to taste, chew, and swallow your food, your incredibly complicated digestive system, your incredible nervous system that allows you to feel pleasure and pain, your ability to walk, get up, sit down, run, and jump as you please, and oh, do you have two working arms and legs? No prosthesis even comes close! What about your healthy heart and circulatory system? Is this list not mind-boggling already?
Money can't buy a tranquil mind, a content heart, genuine marital peace, love for your children, love for others, tolerance, genuine respect not motivated by money, self-acceptance, self-love, job satisfaction, and common sense.
And money certainly can't buy strong emuna, a feeling of gratitude, an understanding of the spiritual rules of life, and a deep love and appreciation for Hashem and everything He does for us.
I think I'm going to start my own American Express commercial. You remember that one?
Shirt at Walmart - $5
Shoes at Marshall's- $35
The feeling of trusting Hashem even when things look bad- Priceless.
I smell a big emuna marketing campaign on the horizon! ;)
Until it launches, don't forget to watch Rav Brody give his weekly emuna class! Details below.
Wishing you a wonderful day!