What Does the Fool Accomplish?

Someone envies you because of your skill (Ecclesiastes 4:4). He does not get out and improve what he can do. No, he sits back, believing that if he was in your position he could do a better job.
The fool folds his hands
And consumes his own flesh.
Better a handful with quietness
Than both hands full, together with toil and grasping for the wind.
(Ecclesiastes 4:5-6)
Your critic folds his hands and accomplishes nothing. His bitter envy against you consumes his own body and he does not live a happy and contented life. You see, wishing that he was you, or someone better than you, only leads to his own poverty of spirit.
Solomon let us know that if you fight such a person you are attempting to grasp the wind. Learn that it is better to have a handful with quietness than two hands full with endless toil and activity.
The latter only leads to grasping for the wind. Therefore, do not knock yourself out trying to keep others from envying you. Just do your job and be happy, and let the critic’s bitterness tear him up.

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