Reading thru Ecclesiastes, I was struck by two things; his thoughts on words and on death. Our friend, Don, who just died suddenly was a man of few words, but he listened a lot and everyone who knew him liked him. He was a man of character and kindness.
“A wise man speaking quietly is more worth heeding than the shouts of a ruler commanding fools.” “A fool keeps talking and talking….”(Ecc. 9:17, 10:14 CJB)
“A good name is better than perfumed oil,
and the day of death better than the day of birth.
Better to go to a house of mourning
than to go to a house of feasting,
for all are destined to be mourned;
the living should lay this to heart.
Grief is better than laughter,
for sadness can improve a person.
The thoughts of the wise are in the house of mourning,
but the thoughts of fools are in the house of pleasure.”
(Ecc. 7:1-4, CJB)