By Eugene O'Kelly
“Must the top of lifestyles be the worst half? Can it's made the best?” At fifty three, Eugene O'Kelly used to be within the complete swing of lifestyles. Chairman and CEO of KPMG, one of many greatest U.S. accounting organizations, he loved a winning occupation and drew happiness from his spouse, youngsters, relatives, and shut buddies. He was once considering forward: the following business journey, the firm's persisted luck, weekend plans together with his spouse, his daughter's first day of 8th grade. Then in might 2005, Gene used to be clinically determined with late-stage mind melanoma and given 3 to 6 months to stay. similar to that. Now a turning out to be darkness used to be soaking up the intense destiny he had visible for himself. He must switch his plans, speedy, and seize what he may of his final diminishing days. Chasing sunlight is the account of his ultimate trip. ranging from the time of his prognosis and concluded upon his loss of life lower than 4 months later, this publication is his unforgettable tale. With startling intimacy, it chronicles the dissolution of Eugene O'Kelly's lifestyles and his slow awakening to a extra profound realizing. Interweaving unsettling info of his conflict with melanoma along with his moment-to-moment reflections on existence and dying, love and good fortune, spirituality and the quest for which means, it presents a testomony to the facility of the human spirit and a compelling message approximately the way to reside a extra bright, balanced, and significant lifestyles. Inspiring, passionate, deeply insightful, Chasing sunlight is a awesome man's poignant farewell to a loved international. (20060130)
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Marianne and Gina spent lots of time together, watching movies and talking. All our sleep patterns were screwed up. Each of us would collapse from exhaustion at a different part of the evening. Gina and I would often find ourselves up in the middle of the night. She could hear me crying. I might climb into bed with her. I might go to the desk to write my first notes for what would become this book, and she would just come and sit with me. She might read poetry to me. I’d always given her books of poetry, including one I had had as a child, but I never had a gift for understanding it.
As profound as my devotion to and love for my family were, after I’d achieved a certain level of proficiency and accomplishment I could not have settled for a job just because it guaranteed that I would be home each night by six and could make PTA meetings. People don’t walk into the top spot. They’re driven. One sanctuary from all the intensity was golf. Golf had been a major and lifelong passion of mine. Seldom, if ever, did I have a bad day on the golf course. I admired what the game called for: honor, personal accountability, precision, mental discipline, and endurance.
The Pharisee stood and prayed to himself like this:‘God, I thank you, that I am not like the rest of men, extortioners, unrighteous, adulterers, or even like this tax collector. I fast twice a week. ’ ” I couldn’t help but get a chill, even a bitter smile, that of all the gospels, the liturgical calendar should have offered up this one. ” z How could I make things work again? Or let me rephrase that: since they were never again going to work the way they had, how could I make things work? , the ability to recover quickly after losing a piece of business, so that the firm and the team could taste success again, and quickly) serve me now?