God sends both happiness and trouble
A good reputation is better than expensive perfume; and the day you die is better than the day you are born. It is better to go to a home where there is mourning than to one where there is a party, because the living should always remind themselves that death is waiting for us all. Sorrow is better than laughter; it may sadden your face, but it sharpens your understanding. Someone who is always thinking about happiness is a fool. A wise person thinks about death.
It is better to have wise people reprimand you than to have stupid people sing your praises. When a fool laughs, it is like thorns crackling in a fire. It doesn’t mean a thing. When a wise man cheats someone, he is acting like a fool. If you take a bribe, you ruin your character. The end of anything is better than its beginning. Patience is better than pride. Keep your temper under control; it is foolish to harbour a grudge. Never ask, “Oh, why were things so much better in the old days?” It’s not an intelligent question. Everyone who lives ought to be wise; it is as good as receiving an inheritance and will give you as much security as money can. Wisdom keeps you safe–this is the advantage of knowledge.
Think about what God has done. How can anyone straighten out what God has made crooked? When things are going well for you, be glad, and when trouble comes, just remember; God sends both happiness and trouble; you never know what is going to happen next.