‘Filing’ a Health Claim
April 15…not a day I would like to be born on. What a pity to be born on one of the most dreaded days of the year. Well, as this capital ‘T’ time quickly approaches, I have had countless questions (both asked of me as well as those I’ve asked), created numerous reports, and rummaged through piles of last year’s files. Finally, shuffled in with all of the tax prep paperwork, I have found some Unexpected Health in–yes I’m going to say it–taxes!
It is too late in the evening (having had three different lengthy conversations with the accountant about my taxes) to think of the obvious health benefits of taxes. In fact, I’m not sure if there are known health advantages to the tax season. It does seem correlated with other ‘seasons’ in our life; cold, allergy, and flu season come to mind…much like tax season, not an enjoyable time in our lives! But the less-than-obvious, the Unexpected, ways that taxes are healthy, show up not on our 1099s and W2s; they show up on in our mindsets.
Taxes offer us (like other opportunities in our lives) a chance at a clean slate….and being able to start fresh is healthy. Whatever happened in the previous year is put to rest when we mail in our forms to the IRS. That year is over, no matter how good or bad it was. If last year was a little rough (as it was for many), it is over. We are in a new year, full of new possibilities and experiences. If last year was unimaginably fantastic, then you will always have a standard of which to measure greatness by. We will not always have horribly devastating or blissfully happy years; such is life. But, when we file our taxes, we are given a blank canvas of which to create our year, our life, our health. So as April 15 approaches, consider it a day not to dread, but to embrace. File your return but save an extra stamp. Because along with your paperwork, postmark your unwanted experiences of last year, and mail those as well. And if you are one of those serial ‘extension filers’, consider this year your last…because the longer you ‘extend’ your past, the longer it will take you to live in the now and prepare for the future. -Until tomorrow, Jaime
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