What is Truly Important in Life?

By Rabbi Mendy Piekarski

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What is Truly Important in Life?
“I was supposed to be on the submersible Titan” I want to share some thoughts on the recent incident involving the submersible Titan”and its ill-fated mission to visit the Titanic. I’m sure you have been following the developments, but there is a lesser-known aspect of the incident which you may not have heard. It has come to light that Jay Bloom, a Las Vegas investor and real estate developer, was originally planning to be a part of the expedition with his son, Sean. Stockton Rush, the CEO of the company behind the submersible, had vouched for its safety, stating that it was safer than flying in a helicopter or scuba diving. Rush even offered last-minute seats at a reduced price of $150,000 each, instead of the usual $250,000 fee, for Bloom and his son, who declined the offer due to scheduling conflicts and concerns about safety. Ultimately, the seats went to Shahzada Dawood and his 19-year-old son, Suleman Dawood. Tragically, as we now know, the submersible imploded during the mission, resulting in the loss of all five crew members. Upon learning about the incident, Bloom expressed his shock, saying that he could have been one of the five onboard. Reflecting on the fragility of life, he concluded, “RIP Stockton and crew. Tomorrow is never promised. Make the most of today.” My condolences go out to the families of the crew and our hearts are with them. Simultaneously, I think there is an important question we all should be asking ourselves now. How often do we find ourselves saying, “I will get to it one day” or “I will do it tomorrow”? I’m not referring to the superficial aspects of our lives, but rather the core elements that truly matter: growing spiritually, connecting with family and friends, and leading a meaningful life. Each day presents us with incredible opportunities that we may inadvertently overlook. While it is crucial to prioritize safety and plan for the future, the underlying message is clear: we should not postpone our happiness, spirituality, or aspirations for an uncertain future. Instead, we must strive to make the most of each day, passionately pursuing what is truly important and meaningful. With that in mind, I encourage you to reflect on the following questions: What is truly important to you in your life? How can you carve out some time today to engage with those meaningful aspects?

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