Good times and bad times seem to come to everyone, regardless of their faithfulness to God (Eccl. 3:1-15; Romans 8:28-30).
Solomon begins to chronicle his search for meaning, and cannot find it in self indulgence, wisdom, or hard work (Eccl. 2:1-26; Phil. 3:18-21).
Solomon shares the repentant reflections of his own life, recounting his failure to find meaning in anything.
The fall of mankind has introduced an upside-down situation, but God remains available and perfect (Gen. 3:14-24; Ecclesiastes 4).