The search for the meaning of life. The king of Israel thought happiness came from success. He found success, but not happiness. Success was meaningless, and not permanent. Neither is money, wealth, pleasure or fame. It all sounds like things we strive for, doesn’t it? We strive for, because we focus on ourselves. I think what Ecclesiastes is teaching us, is how to live a God centered life. Focus on the fact that everything that we have is a gift from God. Our troubles also come from the hand of God, but for those we should give thanks too. He never promised a trouble free life. We need to adjust our expectations if we’re always falling short of the goal, and that makes us unhappy. We can learn lessons from the adversity that is dealt to us. Make the best of it and go on. Focus on what’s ahead of you. Enjoy life, and enjoy what you have. It’s a great gift from God.