The words of the Teacher, son of David, king in Jerusalem:
I have seen all the things that are done under the sun; all of them are meaningless, a chasing after the wind.
says the Teacher.
Everything is meaningless.”
All things are wearisome,
more than one can say.
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.
Is there anything of which one can say,
“Look! This is something new”?
It was here already, long ago;
it was here before our time.
Who is a poor person? Often we consider a person poor, if he lacks the basic things of life. When we think of poverty, we often think of the faces we see in our TV screens, begging for food, for water, for clothes…we think of the homeless, the jobless, the ones living in war ravaged countries…the “third world” inhabitants. But does having little make you poor?
A wise man once said; “A poor person is not someone who has little…he is the person who wants lots of things he does not have and feel bad about that fact!” A lot of us think we are rich as a result of what we have; the fine house, the cars, the big job, the investments we have and so on. Wealth to us is about our possessions, but is that what wealth truly means? Does having more make you rich? You can have all that and still be miserable you know, yet you can have little and feel the most bliss. Many of us find security in our possessions, but true security is knowing what you can live without! When you realize that one day, all of what you now own can be taken from you, can be lost, and you will be just fine, when you realize that all of your possessions are just vanity upon vanity…a chasing after the winds, and it doesn’t sadden you, and you have no fears, you have found true wealth.