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Chasing Daylight: How My Forthcoming Death Transformed My Life Paperback – October 15, 2007
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There are no TV-movie-style miracle treatments or extensions of his life expectancy; he's told he has maybe 3 months, and he doesn't spend any energy hoping for a cure. True to his CEO style, he creates goals for himself, lists of friends to visit for the last time; he meditates; he tries to create as many "perfect Moments" that he can, during dinner or phone conversations with friends, and realized how rare those moments of connection and joy were in his "previous life." Chasing Daylight is as much a self-criticism of his job-before-family ways as it is a meditation on time and a transition to a tranquil, spiritual state utterly foreign to him as a CEO. O'Kelly's absolutely more fulfilled by the soul work that he finishes in 100 days, compared to his 30 years of corporate promotions and accolades, and he utterly convinces readers to ponder their own situation, whether "in the gloaming" of life as he was or not. --Erica Jorgensen--This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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In doing so, I've tried to find more healthful ways to live my life. I picked up a copy of Simple Natural Cures: Cheap & Effective Remedies for Everyday Common Ailments for my Kindle, and it has been a massive help for my health and well-being. I often suffer from indigestion, headaches, and anxiety, but after looking through the treatments outlined in Simple Natural Cures and employing them, I've been able to lead a much happier life. Like most people, my life has been filled with stress and anxiety, and O'Kelly's book has taught me that life's too short to live with these basic ailments plaguing everything. Simple Natural Cures helps you eliminate these commonplace maladies, helping you live the happier, healthier, and fuller life that O'Kelly ascribed to in his final months.
Most of the book was written by Gene O'Kelly after May 2005, when he was diagnosed with terminal brain cancer(the last chapter was written by his wife after O'Kelly died). He wrote about how he managed his final months alive; saying final goodbyes to friends and family, rememebering "perfect moments" he has before the diagnosis and experiencing many more new ones after. Although the book really, REALLY made me wonder if I wanted to know how and when I was going to die, it made me think even more of how one should live.
The story isn't about someone who threw his life away with addiction and had run-ins - real and imagined - with the law. O'Kelly was an accountant, most recently head of KPMG, with a wife and two children. He was mostly an ordinary person we can relate to who ran his life at 100 miles an hour - and was forced to step on the brakes when he got his diagnosis. Among other things, the book has a great message to all of us who lead our lives at that speed that we should slow it down, accept certain things the way they are, and value moments with family above time at work.
I also found the writing extraordinarily real, and at times had trouble concentrating because I found myself wondering what O'Kelly was thinking when he was writing it, knowing that he had seen his "last autumn in New York" and he knew how his memoir was going to end. Facing certain death with his level of peace was admirable.
This is a great book.
Mr. O'Kelly shows remarkable optimism in the face of his illness - not in thinking that he could beat it, but in believing that he had actually been given a gift and he would now be given the opportunity to truly live his life to the fullest and experience "Perfect" moments and days.
One comes away from this novel very impressed with Mr. O'Kelly, both for the way he chose to live his life at the end and for sharing his experience with us.
I earlier wrote a review for a similar book, and will say what I said then - that I don't think we humans are hardwired to always "live in the moment", and appreciate life to the fullest all the time. But these type books do help us understand that we should take the time to do so.
Mr. O'Kelly had a strong religious background and he believed in an afterlife and that he might be reunited with his loved ones. For people who do not hold these beliefs this book may be less comforting. But even so, Mr. O'Kelly's recommendations for how to have "Perfect" moments and days are relevant for everyone.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Thought provoking , and touching. I admire this author for allowing the reader to be a part of his final end of life journey. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
Quite an insightful read. A personal journey that each needs to take.Published 3 months ago by Ozem
Although the topic is morbid, it is a courageous attempt by a TypeA executive of a major company to shift the priorities in his life and take control of the last few months he has... Read morePublished 4 months ago by John Mullman
I paid the extra 3 dollars and got the audible version. My first audible book. Thoroughly enjoyed it.Published 4 months ago by jamie g morgan
Was more about planning to die than regrets about working too hard and being away from family. Not what I expected. Also book is shorter than I expected.Published 4 months ago by Amazon Customer
what an awesome life changing book. my friend told me about this book, I'm glad i jumped on it and bought it, i read through it in a day or 2, and it made a huge impact on my life. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Al
This book is a must read for anyone. It puts life into perspective and changes your trivial direction in life to a direction filled with substance rather than shadow . Read morePublished 6 months ago by dove
I kept waiting for anger, frustration.....cancer is so unfair. Why me? Why now? Wtf? Nope, a perfect person in life and death. Read morePublished 6 months ago by KMeyer