Money can buy a house, but not a home.
You can buy a clock, but not time.
You can buy a bed, but not sleep.
You can buy a book, but not knowledge.
You can buy medicine, but not health.”
So you see, money is not everything in life.
Money has become a necessary element in our lives.
Nowadays, people seem to find it difficult to distinguish between the value of material things and things of inestimable value.
Our society tempts us to view money as an object of worship, what some call the new “money culture.”
It is therefore important to reorder our priorities by analyzing our real values, principles and beliefs, because it is clear that there are things that money cannot buy.
Many people are obsessed with having everything that money can buy.
This attitude makes them an easy target for the enticing advertising campaigns that try to convince us that we need a bigger house, a better car, or designer clothes.
Don’t have the money?
Never mind, put it on the credit card.
For many, it’s important to appear to have money, even if they’re up to their eyeballs in debt.
You know what I’m talking about.
I’m sure you have people around you and among your friends who feel the same way.
But sooner or later they will be confronted with reality.
Buying luxury items on credit to look and feel important is like smoking crack to feel euphoric.
Both are easy to obtain and achieve the desired effect, but only for a short time.
In the long run, both lead to the person becoming depressed and destitute.
If you need more proof, look to Hollywood: how many actors, actresses, singers and singers have we seen completely destroyed by drugs, alcohol, depression and other addictions?
Whitney Houston, one of the greatest singers of all time, died of overdose.
She was extremely wealthy and successful, but the wealth was not enough to spare the singer’s life.
And we also know that among the younger generation of singers and actors, there are very many who suffer from depression and drug addiction.
It’s clear that money can’t buy happiness – what else can’t money buy?
Money can buy desire, attraction and power, but not love.
Because love is something intimate, something sincere, something mysterious.
Money is none of these things.
Money is merely a medium of exchange, nothing more, nothing less.
It is used to pay for a product or service, for convenience, comfort and luxury – none of which corresponds to what man really needs.
Many of us have to learn this lesson in a hard way.
We accumulate more just to feel more empty.
This is because we have grown up in a culture that glorifies wealth, which in fact leads to false ideas and beliefs.
Cultivating your thoughts is the only thing that will bring you true peace.
One aspect of this is accepting when bad things happen and turning them into a positive experience.
Look at the countless sums that governments and individuals have spent in the name of “peace.”
These enormous sums have never even come close to what we would call “peaceful.”
And more importantly: Your inner peace does not depend on the “balance” on your bank statement.
This is how you train your mind, set expectations, and define what inner peace really means to you.
Respect must be earned, not asked for, much less demanded.
The judgment you make about your livelihood is the judgment you make about your life.
If the source is corrupt, you have cursed your existence.
Have you obtained your money through fraud?
By trading in the vices or stupidity of people?
By serving fools in the hope of getting more than your abilities deserve?
By lowering your standards?
By doing work you despise for buyers who scoff at you?
If so, then your money will not give you a moment’s, not a penny’s, pleasure.
Then all the things you buy will become not a tribute to you, but a reproach; not an achievement, but a reminder of shame.
Happiness is not in having, but in living.
Money has never made a man happy, and never will.
There is nothing in its nature that can produce happiness.
The more a man has, the more he wants.
Instead of filling a vacuum, it creates one.
When it satisfies a desire, it doubles or triples that desire in other ways.
Money can buy medical care and medicine, but it cannot replace natural health once it is gone.
At the same time, activities like exercise, preventive medicine, and natural self-care cost little or nothing.
It is almost depressing to see how much money celebrities spend in a vain attempt to maintain their “natural beauty.”
First of all, aging is natural beauty; wrinkles are natural beauty; gray hair is natural beauty.
On the other hand, surgical procedures that implant plastic and other medical substances into the body?
That is not natural at all.
6. Peace of mind
Money cannot buy peace of mind, let alone heal broken relationships or give meaning to a life that has no meaning.
Every minute that passes is time you can never get back; you are one minute closer to death.
This is meant to be morbid or depressing, but it is true.
Our lives begin to dwindle from the moment we are born.
Despite all the scientific and medical advances, there is no practical way to significantly prolong life.
The extremely wealthy have spent countless amounts of money in a vain attempt to prolong their lives, only to find that they die at about the same age as everyone else.
No amount of money can turn back the clocks.
We must simply take life, moment by moment, as we best experience it.
8. True friends
Possessing money can certainly attract people who want to be friends with us, but it is no guarantee of true friendship.
Most true friends love each other and no amount of money in the world can buy a real and true friendship.
The same concept applies here.
True and lasting friends are those who, while we are miserable, are there.
Money and possessions are not important to true friends – it is the person who counts.
The gifts and abilities you have in your mind and body are priceless.
Money can help develop a talent, but it will never be able to buy a talent or ability.
Spiritual processes and the abilities of mind and body are never bought – they are priceless.
Rude people are everywhere. How you treat someone respectfully obviously has nothing to do with money.
There are probably more rich and entitled snobs than those of modest means.
Money may put you in a “higher class” but it doesn’t make you noble.
See Kim Kardashian or Miley Cyrus.
Money can buy influence, but truth is the most influential of all.
Money is often spent to promote beliefs or an agenda, and it can even be spent to conduct biased research that confirms an opinion.
And it is often money that wins the day in the short run.
No matter how much money is spent to suppress or distort the truth, it will always come to light in the end.