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Chasing Daylight is the honest, touching, and ultimately inspirational memoir of former KPMG CEO Eugene O'Kelley, completed in the three-and-a-half months between his diagnosis with brain cancer and his death in September 2005. Its haunting yet extraordinarily hopeful voice reminds us to embrace the fragile, fleeting moments of our lives-the brief time we have with our family, our friends, and even ourselves. This paperback edition features a new foreword by his wife, Corinne O'Kelley and a readers' group guide and questions.
“Voicing universal truths . . . shared . . . simply and clearly.”-Janet Malin, New York Times
“Words to live by.”-Kerry Hannon, USA Today
“One of the most unexpected and touching books you're likely to read this year.”-Edward Nawotka, Bloomberg News
“An honest, thought-provoking memoir . . . O'Kelly has many lessons to teach us on how to live.”-Steve Powers, Houston Chronicle
“[A] well-written and moving book.”-TheEconomist.com
O'Kelly, the former CEO and chairman of accounting juggernaut KPMG who was diagnosed with brain cancer at 53, writes about his "forthcoming death" as one would expect an accountant to: methodically. He charts his downward spiral, from symptoms to diagnosis to the process of dying in this poignant and posthumously published book. (O'Kelly died in September 2005.) O'Kelly's narrative recounts the steps he took to simplify his life-how he learned, for instance, "to be in the present moment, how to live there at least for snippets of time"-and the final experiences he shared with close friends and family. But his story falters on several occasions. O'Kelly provides few substantial details regarding his long career with KPMG; what information he does offer, and his wishes for the firm's continued success, read like portions of a company newsletter. He also refers constantly to his "wife of 27 years, Corinne, the girl of my dreams," but he fails to give readers a sense of her spirit and personality. (She wrote the final chapter, which takes place largely in the hospital as O'Kelly refuses food and water, eventually dying of an embolism.) Nor do readers learn much of O'Kelly's 14-year-old daughter, other than she's bright and he loves her. Though less than perfect, O'Kelly's examination of the life he lived and the opportunities he missed while climbing the corporate ladder will resonate with readers in "foot to the pedal" careers.
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A very uplifting look at a very depressing subject. As someone who is spontaneous it is hard to relate to Genes orderly method of dealing with finality. Living in the present is indeed the greatest gift that he was trying to teach us. One foot in the past (regret , if only) and one foot in the future ( worry, or fear) means we are destroying the present moment. I hope to attempt to apply some of his order into my business and personal life
Deeply reflective …. a true lesson on living
A must read for any workaholic. Gives a new perspective to those workers who don't give their private lives the proper attention.