Sunday Morning: What did you leave behind

“At 68, Rob Elliot has guided 200+ trips on the Grand Canyon of the Colorado river in Arizona.”

How do you want to be remembered, when this life joins the wind?
What did you leave, in these chasms, upon these lives, young & curious?
What did you write? What dust in the rain, sand in the rivers?

Those you touched, embraced and kissed, loved… what echoes there?
How will it travel, your wisdom, your story, your suffering and joy?

These walls, silent, deafening, ancient and new.
What did you make them, what did they make of you?
A life running, teaching or learning, what is escape?
What did you find?

Wind, replenishing rain, sun.
Who did these thorns see?
What did these waters wash from you?
The stars, in the abyss beyond, how did they shine, on you?

Will you release the storm, the scars, whirling as they go, yet holding love, life?
The luminous child, the harsh knowing of age, what did you leave behind?

Good Sunday Morning…

OF SOULS + WATER: THE ELDER from NRS Films on Vimeo.


Related Posts:


  1. My journey to the Grand Canyon left a profound impact on my life that I have found hard to put into words. This video has helped me to articulate them. Indeed how do we want to be remembered when this journey ends? What do we leave behind? I hope love, joy, peace, wisdom and unity. That we all are important no matter who we are. Thank you for presenting this at this time. I am going to reblogg it.



  2. Reblogged this on Francine In Retirement and commented:
    I found this video with a wonderful message so important especially after my trip to The Grand Canyon was so profound. BE ENCOURAGED! BE BLESSED!


  3. Good morning, David! What a lovely way to start the day! This little film had so many beautiful passages. I especially like “Those you touched, embraced and kissed, loved…what echoes there?”. Makes ya remember that certain actions and words love on after we go, so best be thoughtful. May your day be filled with beautiful vignettes…


  4. Wonderful Sunday message.


  5. portrait216 says:

    So Beautiful, Thanks


  6. Fortunate to live so close to one of the world’s greatest wonders. Been there twice but not down in the canyon. Sure is an overwhelming place. Great video and great reminder of the life we are living. Thanks!


  7. Beautiful, David…thanks for sharing. 🙂


  8. Wonderful. I can not get enough of the raft down the river. So much meaning. I was In a busy room and watched this first with sound down and then again with the sound and voice. Wow both ways.
    – Michael


  9. Like you David, I reached midlife but have now passed it, I’m proudly a Senior woman, which means as the Bible tells us, I have life wisdom but it also tells us if that is all I have then my life will count as nothing and in time there will not even be a memory of me, just like a flower that blossoms and then dies, it’s petals will be blown away. But if my wisdom is Godly the seeds will be grounded and grow roots and other blossoms will bloom and this life cycle will continue for Eternity, God’s wisdom like His Truth never dies.

    Proverbs 4:7 Wisdom is the principal thing; therefore get wisdom: and with all thy getting get understanding.

    Psalm 103:14-16 For He knows our frame;He remembers that we are dust. As for man, his days are like grass; As a flower of the field, so he flourishes. For the wind passes over it, and it is gone, And its place remembers it no more.

    The Bible also tells us David that we are to respect the wisdom of the aged and even stand up when they enter a room, meaning show them great respect but if we were to meet David a nod of your head in my direction will do, being humble is important too 😀

    Christian Love from both of us – Ron and Anne.


  10. Thank you both for sharing your thoughtful and inspiring words. You have left me with a number of thoughts that resonate with me.


  11. Inspirational and thought provoking.


  12. Just beautiful. Thoughts that talks to our hearts and soul. “What do I wish to leave behind?” I hope a life of love, kindness and generosity for others. Of a life of faith and prayer. Thanks


  13. Serious question and i envy those who have clear answer. Very inspiring and beautiful poem. poem


  14. I copied it, I hope you won’t mind. I should have asked you first.


Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: