Striving after the wind in Ecclesiastes is seen as being synonymous with vanity.
In all his wisdom Solomon never seemed to find the true peace that he was seeking.
The key though was his seeking, his striving after.
What I learn most from Solomon is that seeking and striving is our toil; our work under the sun.
I further learned from Solomon that the most important day is today.
So today I will strive after the wind, I will struggle against forces of the world that hinder me.
But obediently I strive all the same.
For I know that I strive not alone, for it is the end; the why; the telos for which I strive. Vanity, while it may seem to be the goal or is it the means, ultimately becomes not important.
It is the the seeking; the striving together that guides us toward the ultimate goal; our ultimate end…
As Solomon further says in closing his writing of Ecclesiastes:
For the end of the matter has been heard. Fear God and keep his commandments, for this is the whole duty of man.
Every breath I breathe
Every word I speak
Every act of love
May be my last…
And if those thoughts are not in my mind, I know confidently that God has written them on the tablet of my heart.