Living well in accordance with nature 

I find it amazing that, despite preparing to turn 40 years old this year, I still have to remind myself of things like this:

Do not be aggrieved, then, if things are not always to your liking. As long as they are in accord with nature, be glad of them, and do not make difficulties; if they are not, then find out what your own nature itself enjoins, and make the best of your way towards that; for a man is always justified in seeking his own good.

Marcus Aurelius

It’s good advice, but I can’t help but think it’s a grown-up version of wisdom that we might dish out to a toddler. Perhaps we’re teaching the wrong kind of things in schools and should focus a little more on human flourishing (aka ‘how to live well’)?