The eye never has enough of seeing, nor the ear its fill of hearing. What has been will be again, what has been done will be done again; there is nothing new under the sun.
The wisest man that ever lived once said, “all is vanity and vexation of spirit.”
After looking back over his life, and all that he had accomplished, Solomon concluded that all was meaningless.
Yet here we are, over 3000 years later still pursuing the meaningless things of this world.
Everything you have now or every hope to achieve is meaningless.
If that is the case, why then do we try so hard to acquire so much materially, and spend so little time focusing on the things that matter— the man on the inside?
The human spirit will never be satisfied. We have become weary and tired from chasing our wildest dreams and desires. Yet still no matter how much we see, hear or achieve we are never content. There is always something else on the horizon for us to conquer. We have allowed society to deceive us into thinking that if we are not apart of the group looking to achieve more, then somehow something is wrong with us.
What do you have to show for your hard work?
We work so hard, and instead of living comfortably,we are living like paupers. We live above our means, thinking unconsciously that we have to keep up with the Joneses.
But I have some terrible news for you, the Joneses have just filed bankruptcy.
Mr. Jones is on suicide watch, and Mrs. Jones was last seen at the pawn shop, pawning her fancy jewelry to feed the kids.
We have allowed society to dictate to us what we should and should not have. We have become blinded to the truth. Yet for many that is the way they choose to continue to live.
I have learned so much about life.
I realize that the pursuit of happiness is a myth. Nothing on the outside of self can truly make you happy. We constantly compare ourselves to others only to find out that they too are comparing them self to someone else.
No one is better than you. We all have the same blood flowing through our veins, and no matter how much money a person have, one day they too must die and leave it all behind.
A person will be remembered for their contribution after they are gone.
What am I really trying to say?
You might be stressed out right now about not having enough money to pay the bills, someone special in your life or what ever else you think you need.
Just for a moment, might I suggest that you change your perspective about what you think you need. Have you ever really stop to think about what you are thinking about or what is causing all this senseless stress?
Have you ever stop to consider what the worse thing that could happen, only to realize that you will be able to bounce back as long as you still have life?
Get away from all the noise and chatter going on around you.
Simplify! Simplify! Simplify!
You will only begin to find meaning for your life after putting everything into perspective. Get rid of all the extra “stuff” that you think defines you.
Peel away the layers of excess.
Get rid of dead relationships.
Drop bad habits and cultivate healthier new ones.
Having worked so hard to acquire much things, I realized the more I had the greater my sorrows.
I too, like Solomon, have come to one conclusion.
All is vanity and vexation of spirit.
I thought it would have been hard to start over, but the truth is, there is a peace that comes with living a simple life. I wouldn’t trade your Gucci purse, mansion or Rolls Royce for my peace.
I am content with what I have and confident about where I am going.
What about you. How are you currently dealing with all the things going on in your world?
Positive Affirmation: Today I will take a good look at my life. I will make a conscious decision to face the things I have been afraid to face and put things in perspective.