Ataraxia, the only true happiness

He’s dead, he’s dead,
Hooray, hooray;
His surgeon killed him yesterday,
But his life insurance will quickly pay,
And with his doc I’ll gladly lay.

Oh, I think we’ll go to Borneo
Where there’s little risk of seeing snow,
And the brush it grows extremely low,
And wild, wild parties will we throw!

by the former Mrs. Snow

Actually, it was by the husband of the woman who got up every hour last night to ice his shoulder. Hopefully, you knew that. Such humor sets very poorly with people who don’t get it.

After reading what I wrote on Thursday, you might be challenged to believe that I went to bed feeling positive—almost cheerful—but I did. Your support was largely responsible, as was the support of local friends. I also sought the wisdom of Epictetus. The ancient Stoics, especially Marcus Aurelius (see photo), have often comforted me, and the worse off I am, the more effective is their counsel. As we turned out the light, I told Peggy that I had found my courage, as indeed I had. I even refused the “nerve pill” that I was offered at the hospital.

The surgery lasted two and a half hours, and Peggy was told that it went well. I awoke sometime later, eager to come home.

I worry that I am expressing myself poorly because of the drugs, and I am having a devil of a time typing in this sling, but I wanted to check-in, and I surely owed it to you to do so.

I send to you my deepest appreciation for your kindness, freshly showered by tears of gratitude.


Anonymous said...

Thank you for posting - we have all been concerned for you. Glad to hear that the surgery went well and that you are back home. Now is the time to rest and heal! Hopefully soon you will be feeling 100%!

julie mitchell said...

yea! Your back in the saddle even while in a sling! You are truly a blessed man, so many people sending you love and light...

His kajirah said...

Am so happy you are home.

Best wishes for a speedy recovery and little pain while healing.

Always be as well as you can be,

Michelle said...


Glad it all went well.

Sending you fast healing :)

Lisa said...

Most excellent- any movement forward is positive glad it is over and that you have ice, peggy and drugs to get you through the next 48..........
and angels too
dont forget the angels ( of which i am sure Peggy is one)

Myst_72 said...

Wishing you a speedy recovery :)


MarionL said...

Hooray, Hooray, you're here to STAY! You expressed yourself perfectly, Snow. So happy the surgery went well. Speedy Recovery! Hugs from Louisiana!

khelsaoe said...

Glad everything went well. Speedy recovery to you!

All Consuming said...

Excellent news! Hurray, Hurrah, Hurroo! You come across just fine, and I fell about at the first bit of the post, heh. Really glad that's over for you now, the waiting drives people nuts. Now take it as easy as you can, chill out man :) xxx

Natalie said...

Meh, You are welcome. What's a few angels here and there. Glad mine turned up and did what I told them to do.
Glad you are home, bet Peggy isn't poor love!

I will keep sending healing rays to your shoulders, and patience rays to Peggy.xxoo

Pantheist Mom said...

I was hoping you'd feel like posting soon! I'm glad it seems to have gone so well. Cheers!!!!

Gaston Studio said...

LOVE the poem!

So glad that all went as it should have and that you're back home with a good wife to ice your shoulder.

Now you must do everything the doc told you to do so that you will recover as quickly as possible.

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Snowbrush said...

I thank you every one. Blessings upon you.

A Brit in Tennessee said...

Glad to hear all went well with your surgery.
Take it slow, and follow doctors orders.
Best wishes,