Years ago, I read Chasing Daylight: How My Forthcoming Death Transformed My Life by Eugene O’Kelly. O’Kelly was the CEO at KPMG who was diagnosed with terminal cancer and died within three and a half months of the announcement. The book was primarily about the art of dying though O’Kelly did offer some advice about how to live. O’Kelly described his goal of pursuing Perfect Moments and Perfect Days. For example, he described having a four hour dinner, good wine and conversation with friends as a perfect moment.
So it got me to thinking, what are my “perfect moments?”
Here are a few of my perfect moments:
Unhurried dinner or lunch with friends in a quiet setting conversing lightly and laughing about the “old days”, memories, anecdotes, people, sports, politics etc.
Sitting by the ocean just watching the waves roll in, enjoying the sun and not allowing a care in the world to ruin the moment.
Sitting on my porch engrossed in a great book or story and losing track of time.
Listening to my music of my youth and allowing experiences, feelings and people to flow back into memory.
Any time with my wife.