Is it good? In some ways it's fantastic. It would be easy to take parts of Marcus Aurelius and form a pretty good motivational course. He writes about how:
"...to endure labor; nor to need many things; when I have anything to do it myself rather than by others; not to meddle with many businesses; and not easily to admit of any slander."Which all seems pretty useful. He was, of course, one of the most prominent speakers of the Stoic philosophy. (There's a pretty good post on the differences between the Stoics and the Epicureans here.) It's not always a comfortable philosophy but cultures that have employed it have been wildly successful. I'm thinking mostly of the Romans and the English empires.)
The books themselves repeat several themes over and over. I'll cover some of them in the next couple of weeks. I didn't find all of these things convincing, but there is a ton of wisdom in 'Meditations'. All in all, it's a wildly quotable book. You could easily make a 'Meditations' page a day calendar, but I don't know if it would sell today.
More to come!