I still intend to read it from cover to cover. Another item to tick off in my 2015 To Do list is to compile and organize a personal reading curriculum that needs to be divided in courses, which I’m sure will span a few years. How else to accomplish reading objectives?
Of the bible’s books, my favorite poets seem to agree that the book of Ecclesiastes is the richest source of wisdom. Not the easiest, if one really gets down to analyzing the passages and their implications. The most famous chapter, the third (from which I derive the title of this post), was crafted so perfectly that it has inspired many songwriters to quote or paraphrase entire chunks of it.
If there is one thing that I have learned in my limited thirty three years, it is that I need to be more calm and patient if I want to accomplish everything that I want to accomplish. Wisdom is not instant, and the equanimity of Ecclesiastes is the product of constant struggle.
There is a time for everything. Everything in its own time. Anything premature will not last.
Difficult things to practice and live by in these fast times, where everything is demanded in an instant.