I can’t believe I’m about to admit this publicly, but I got lost the other day. Yes, I am man enough to admit that. So despite the fact that my guy friends will never speak to me again now that I told the world I got lost, I’d like to explain why I’m so willing to admit it.
I am a Wish Granter for the Make-A-Wish Foundation of Arizona, and I had the privilege of helping my Wish Kid at the Phoenix airport the other morning as he headed to Los Angeles to have his wish granted. It was a perfect morning and I was on the top of the world after his plane left because I knew how much this wish meant to him. So you can imagine how much my heart sank when I walked to where I parked my car – and discovered that someone else’s car was now in my spot!
So I wandered around for awhile, making sure I wasn’t on the wrong floor, or on the wrong side of the parking garage. But the more I looked the more I knew I was in the right spot and my car was now replaced by a suburban! But that’s when the panic set in and all sorts of thoughts started going through my head. Here’s just a few of those thoughts:
- What personal possessions did I leave in my car?
- How am I going to get to work this morning?
- Did I pay my last insurance premium?
- Who do I call now for assistance?
- What hoops will I now have to jump through with my insurance company?
- How much is this going to cost me?
Fortunately, I found a phone number for airport parking and security, and a very kind woman came and picked me up in her car to help me look for mine. She told me I am probably on the wrong side. I told her I checked the other side and my car was not there, but I was open to any help I could get at that point. Sure enough, she drove me to a completely different side of the parking garage, a side I didn’t even know existed, and there in all it’s radiant beauty was my car, sitting there waiting for me! I felt such a feeling of relief!
I’d like to explain why I chose to tell this story. The more I’ve thought about it, I can’t but help to relate it to estate planning and the types of emotions our clients might feel when emergency strikes. All those questions I had about my car might be the same types of questions asked by a husband when his wife suddenly becomes very ill, or even worse, passes away. They might be the questions asked by a child when her parents pass and she’s lost on what to do next.
Please do not get me wrong – losing a car cannot be compared in the slightest degree to losing a spouse, parent, child, or other loved one. A car is such a trivial matter compared to life itself. However, it was such a relief when someone arrived to help me in my moment of need and was able to effectively solve my problem. I was so grateful for her knowledge of what to do and where to look.
If any of these types of questions have ever crossed your mind with regard to your estate plan or the estate plan of someone you love, please come see us for a free consultation. I would love to pay it forward and help you find the “car” that you’re searching for! Call 888.222.1328 to schedule a free consultation today!
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