After reading Holy Woman by Sara Yoheved Rigler a number of years ago, I became an instant fan of the author. So, when I received an email from Aish.com with a link to an article written by Ms. Rigler, I immediately clicked and read about "living in a world where appearances mask reality."
...In a fool's gold world, if you win an argument with your spouse, you've won.
In reality, every time you argue with your spouse, you've lost.
...In a fool's gold world, if you give a large sum of money to charity, you have less.
In reality, if you give a large sum of money to charity, you have more. (As a wise woman said at the end of her life: "All I really have is what I gave away.")
Read full article: http://www.aish.com/sp/ph/Deception.html
This evening I read a post about a diamond bracelet which someone found. The person who found the bracelet contacted The Lakewood Scoop, which promptly posted that the person who lost the bracelet should contact...
The person who found the bracelet could just have easily kept it and been a few thousand dollars richer. But that person realized fulfiiling the mitzvah of hashavat aveida- returning a lost item - would make him/her infinitely richer.