I once worked at a University. I worked in the audio/visual department alongside a gentleman from South Vietnam. It was during the time of America when Vietnam was considered everything terrible. It was in this environment the S.Vietnamese gentleman had emigrated to the land of the free and home of the brave.
I remember one day in particular that I thought the man was being treated especially bad. He said nothing. He only smiled at the abuse. When the abuser left, I asked him why he allowed the event to happen. He said he had experienced all the bad in life a person could ever experience and when compared against what just happened, it could only make him smile. Obviously, I was impressed with this thought because many years later, I still wonder at it.
Even as the gentleman from S. Vietnam had experienced all the bad in life, King Solomon was blessed by God and experienced all the good life had to offer. I find it interesting that regardless of how bad or how good the lot you are given in life, the conclusion is still the same. We should work hard and enjoy the fruits of our labor as they are the gift of God. It is in God’s gifts, we will find joy.
“Behold, that which I have seen to be good and proper is for one to eat and to drink, and to enjoy good in all his labor, in which he labors under the sun, all the days of his life which God has given him; for this is his portion.
Every man also to whom God has given riches and wealth, and has given him power to eat of it, and to take his portion, and to rejoice in his labor—this is the gift of God. For he shall not often reflect on the days of his life; because God occupies him with the joy of his heart.”~Solomon