As the legend goes, when Alexander the Great was returning home after his many conquests he fell seriously ill. It was then that Alexander realized that in the face of death, his great army and many kingdoms, all his conquests and wealth were worthless. He knew that he would not be able to reach his homeland and see his family to say goodbye.

On his death bed, Alexander summoned his generals and told them his three ultimate wishes:

1.  The best doctors should carry his coffin

2.  The wealth he has accumulated (money, gold, precious stones) should be scattered along the procession to the cemetery, and

3.  His hands should be let loose, hanging outside the coffin for all to see.

One of his generals who was surprised by these unusual requests asked Alexander to explain.

Here is what Alexander the Great had to say:

1.  I want the best doctors to carry my coffin to demonstrate that, in the face of death, even the best doctors in the world have no power to heal.

2.  I want the road to be covered with my treasure so that everybody sees that material wealth acquired on earth, stays on earth.

3.  I want my hands to swing in the wind, so that people understand that we come to this world empty handed and we leave this world empty handed after the most precious treasure of all is exhausted, and that is TIME.



  •  Your Health is priceless and it's in your own hands, take care of it..
  • Wealth is only meaningful if you can share and enjoy it while you are still alive. What you do for yourself, dies with you. But what you do for others will live for ever.
  • TIME is our most precious treasure because it is LIMITED.  We can produce more wealth, but we cannot produce more time. When we give someone our time, we actually give a portion of our life that we will never take back. Our time is our life.

May you have plenty of TIME and may you have the wisdom to use it wisely.


Funerals guide Blog. 2016. The last wishes of Alexander the great. [ONLINE] Available at: http://blog.funeralguide.co.za/last-wishes-alexander-Great. [Accessed 2 June 2016].

Source of the legend unverified.


Marble portrait of Alexander the Great. Hellenistic Greek, 2nd-1st CE. Said to be from Alexandria, Egypt. H. 37 cm. GR 1872,0515.1.

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