By Eugene O'Kelly
“Must the tip of lifestyles be the worst half? Can it's made the best?” At fifty three, Eugene O'Kelly was once within the complete swing of existence. Chairman and CEO of KPMG, one of many biggest U.S. accounting organisations, he loved a winning occupation and drew happiness from his spouse, little ones, relatives, and shut buddies. He was once considering forward: the following business journey, the firm's persisted good fortune, weekend plans along with his spouse, his daughter's first day of 8th grade. Then in might 2005, Gene was once clinically determined with late-stage mind melanoma and given 3 to 6 months to stay. similar to that. Now a growing to be darkness was once soaking up the intense destiny he had visible for himself. He must switch his plans, quick, and catch what he may perhaps of his final diminishing days. Chasing sunlight is the account of his ultimate trip. ranging from the time of his analysis and concluded upon his loss of life below 4 months later, this publication is his unforgettable tale. With startling intimacy, it chronicles the dissolution of Eugene O'Kelly's existence and his slow awakening to a extra profound figuring out. Interweaving unsettling info of his conflict with melanoma together with his moment-to-moment reflections on existence and demise, love and good fortune, spirituality and the hunt for that means, it offers a testomony to the facility of the human spirit and a compelling message approximately how one can dwell a extra bright, balanced, and significant existence. Inspiring, passionate, deeply insightful, Chasing sunlight is a extraordinary man's poignant farewell to a cherished global. (20060130)
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My newborn daughter was staggeringly beautiful, if a bit squashed from the journey. Before I could touch her, she reached out, startling me, and grabbed my finger. She held on tightly. A look of shock darkened my face. That day and the next I walked around as if in a fog. Corinne picked up on my odd, distracted behavior. Finally, she confronted me. ” she demanded. ” I looked away. ” It’s a blessing. It’s a curse. It’s what you get for saying hello to people. At some point, a good-bye is coming, too.
That would mean less money, less excitement, but more time with my family. More balance in my life. I’d always aspired to be a Renaissance Man. To know about wine and opera, to read books. I loved sports and wanted to be physically active, to spend at least some time in nature. I considered myself a curious person, and wanted to learn as much as I could. In short, I did not aspire to be a CEO. I returned to being an accountant. But after a quarter-century at my firm, I rose to the top position.
I loved being a business leader, but then the day came when I could be that man no more. Before the light in my mind faded and the shadows lengthened too much for me to see anymore, I chose at least, at last, to be master of my farewell. The Bottom Line z I intend to live forever. So far, so good. —Steven Wright ho was I? In my past life, the one where I got to be CEO and chairman of KPMG LLP, the $4 billion, 20,000-employee, century-plus-old partnership, one of America’s Big Four accounting firms, here was a Perfect Day: I’d have a couple of face-to-face client meetings, my favorite thing of all.
Chasing Daylight:How My Forthcoming Death Transformed My Life by Eugene O'Kelly