Monday, December 4, 2023


The gift of time


I received this in an email from RV Travel reader Robert Adams. I don’t know if it’s true, but the message is inspiring:

The last wishes of Alexander the Great

time-762On his death bed, Alexander summoned his army 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.

3. His hands should be let loose, so they hang 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, will stay 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.”

WE DO NOT TAKE TO OUR GRAVE any material wealth. 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! The best present that you can give to your family and friends is your TIME.


Chuck Woodbury
Chuck Woodbury
I'm the founder and publisher of I've been a writer and publisher for most of my adult life, and spent a total of at least a half-dozen years of that time traveling the USA and Canada in a motorhome.



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Cinn (@guest_2737)
7 years ago

Beautiful piece. So true.

Clayobx (@guest_2680)
7 years ago

We all are trying to out run time! I saw an appropriate slogan on a FT trailer that a Super C was pulling “Tryin’ to outrun time.” It stuck in my head. So true it’s a item that no one owns.

Mil May (@guest_2584)
7 years ago

I bought a Brand New Starcraft Comet. I fell in love with the style and towing. I have had it back to the dealer more times than I have had at camping. Air was leaking in unit not out that caused a flood. Converter blew up. Windows super hard to open. I could go on but won’t. I paid for this agravation next time I never buy new. My advice to anyone….look for a used camper that has all the bugs worked out. Let’s face I would have had just as good a chance at getting a lemon but it would have cost me less. Are there any laws out there to protect the buyer of lemon campers

Clayobx (@guest_2679)
7 years ago
Reply to  Mil May

Rarely, you would have to check with your state government you reside in. Since it’s not motorized my guess is no. Even Class A ,B, C motorized vehicles are NOT governed by auto Lemmon laws. The chassis on a motorized RV might fall into a class for legal action. Sorry.

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