I just completed a book Chasing Daylight written by Eugene O'Kelly. My wife had recommended I read it and continued to do so for a couple years. We joke that I have had many of the same items on my daily checklists for years - writing and reading are two - but I never seemed to do them often enough and, in some cases like reading, very seldom. I give my wife credit for first finding and liking this book enough to recommend it and secondly for continuing to push it. Thank you Kim!
The book is about the CEO and chairman of one of the top four accounting firms in the world who at 53 was found to have inoperable brain tumor. This book was a documentation of his fight to making typing a great part of his life. It tells a little about his life but more about what he learned in dying. The last chapter was completed by his wife as he became too weak in the end. He felt he was given a huge gift in that his brain tumor would kill him but it was a slow death with very little pain.
There were many lessons from the book. They included how important it was to take the steps he took to prepare for death now rather than to be caught off guard and unprepared. His final days were peaceful because doctors and his family felt he has closure on the concentric circle of friends that he had gone through the process of "unwinding" and letting go. These important steps, in his words, need to be moved up the priority list.
He spoke to something I have experienced and recognize more frequently today than when I was younger. He called them the Perfect Moments. These are moments where everything comes together and you take the time to realize just how perfect things are. I had the feeling many times sitting on my dock watching the sunset. I had them on a golf course at the end of the day many times, and most recently, last Saturday evening at a night game in Kinnick Stadium. It was a perfect night. The author's goal was to string Perfect Moments together to make a perfect day.
Other points emphasized in the book were accepting things will not always work out as planned. Enjoying very simple things - the smells, the wind, the sun, and the sounds of nature. He spoke of energy management and channeling energy of anger and other emotions that are wasted into something important.
I highly recommend this book and plan to reread it again to focus on the points it makes. This reading was for the pleasure and I enjoyed it immensely.