Fast Forward

By Roger Desmarais:

What would all your old and new friends say in their eulogy of you when it is over? What could—would—you do between now and then to influence their feelings and thoughts? What are the hidden goals in your life right now that would reverberate in your world if you acted on the impulse to create that world? If you could look in the forward-view mirror of your life, what would you do differently—more of, less of, the same?

You just celebrated your 120th birthday.

The celebration of your life was complete

Because you had completed your life—

Not just chronologically as in years

But more so developmentally as in desire.

The celebratory statements rang true,

Praise was in the air,

Your life was eulogized reverberating

Truths you knew to be true

Because you scripted your life

From now until then and

Lived those prescriptions completely.


People spoke not of youth and beauty,

Not of social status or accrued wealth,

Nothing was said of political stance

Religious posturing was never noted,

Intellectual stature was obliquely hidden

As were stock market issues

And start-up successes.


People spoke not of youth and beauty,

Not of social status or accrued wealth,

Nothing was said of political stance

Religious posturing was never noted,

Intellectual stature was obliquely hidden

As were stock market issues

And start-up successes.


People spoke of your inner Elder,

Fashioned over these last years

Through meditation and contemplation,

Developed through inner work to

Forgive and have compassion,

Nurture and love,

Selflessness and readiness to help others.


Individuals shared their experiences of your

Intuitive insight and living rightly,

Your passion for the truth and the light,

Your courage in the face of handicaps,

Your positive attitude,

Even towards the glass already half-full.