Written by Scott Allen

What does Tom Hanks and having an Arizona IRS Problem have in common?

Arizona and IRS Problems

Well if you haven’t watched the movie Castaway, you should.  Tom Hanks was fantastic and this movie is now firmly entrenched as one of my “Top Ten”.  Tom Hanks plays the role of Chuck Noland.  There is a quote from the movie that overwhelmed me with insight on how to deal with the challenges of life, like having a serious IRS tax problem.  To understand the quote, one would need to have some idea of what lead up to Chuck’s monologue.

Chuck and his girlfriend Kelly were deeply in love.  There was no doubt that they were planning to get married.  The last time they saw each other was shortly before Christmas.  Chuck gave Kelly a little present that was obviously an engagement ring.  Chuck worked for Fed Ex and was on his way to a location somewhere in the Pacific.  In route the Fed Ex jet crashed into the ocean.  All aboard were killed except for Chuck who miraculously climbed into a raft and eventually made his way to an uninhabited island.

Kelly assumed that Chuck was killed and eventually married and had a daughter.  Four years later, Chuck was able to escape the island and the barrier reef that surrounded it with the aid of a sail that was made out of two sides of a plastic portable-toilet that washed ashore.

Chuck went to Kelly’s home and after seeing that she was married and had a daughter, he knew that there was no possibility of marrying Kelly.  Kelly was also overcome with emotion at the realization that her life had progressed to the point that she no longer could be with Chuck.  They still deeply loved each other but each one had to accept that their love for each other could have no future manifestation.

After leaving Kelly’s home, Chuck went to the home of a friend to share his feelings about his situation.  Here is his dialogue from that visit.

We had both done the math

Kelly added it all up

Knew she had to let me go

I added it up

Knew I had lost her

Because I was never going to get off that island

I was going to die there, totally alone

I was going to get sick or get injured or something

The only choice I had

The only thing I could control

Was when and how and where that was going to happen, so

I made a rope

And I went up to the summit to hang myself

I had to test it, you know

Of course, you know me, and the weight of the log snapped the limb off the tree

I couldn’t even kill myself the way I wanted to

I had power over nothing

That’s when this feeling came over me like a warm blanket

I knew somehow that I had to stay alive, somehow….

I had to keep breathing

Even though I had no reason to hope

And all my logic said that I would never see this place again

So that’s what I did

I stayed alive

I kept breathing

Then one day that logic was proven all wrong

Because the tide came in and gave me a sail

And now here I am

I’m back in Memphis talking to you

I have ice in my glass

And I’ve lost her all over again

I’m so sad I don’t have Kelly

But I’m so grateful she was with me on that island

And I know what I have to do now

I have to keep breathing

Because tomorrow the sun will rise

Who knows what the tide could bring?

Oh, how I wish I could write lines like that.  I was awe struck with several key points that I have experienced in my own life.

First, life will eventually put us in a situation where we have to deal with something we are not prepared for or ever imagined could happen to us.  It may be the death of a loved one, a divorce, a substance abuse problem, a business failure, a serious IRS tax problem or just the awful realization of our physical limitations or emotional weaknesses and we feel we “have power over nothing.”

Second, when we have one of these experiences we have to eventually, do “the math.”  We have to accept what has happened.  We can wish and pray and cry, but time cannot be reversed and we have no option except to acknowledge and submit to our situation.    There is no route around or over or under it. There is no other way, than through our experience.  And dealing with the IRS is like that as well.  You have to do, “the math,” and realize that you need some professional IRS help.

Third, our situation may be so devastating that we conclude like Chuck Noland, that we are “never going to get off that island.”  We are absolutely convinced that our life can never be whole or the way we want it to be. It appears to us that all is lost and that we suffer our pain “totally alone.”  Every person that comes into Scott Allen E.A.’s office says, “I am afraid that I’m going to have this problem the rest of my life.”

Fourth, we may even face the question raised by Hamlet, “to be or not to be.”  Even though we cannot find any logical reason to go forward, we just need to keep breathing until our feelings of total and complete hopelessness will be “proven all wrong.”  The best way to do that with your IRS problem is to schedule a free consultation and have Scott Allen E.A. show you that he has the ability to prove to you that “you were all wrong” about your IRS problem—It can be fixed.

Five, eventually “the tide (will come) in and give (you) a sail.”  You will be “cast away” from your former situation and realize that you have no other choice but to move on and “to keep breathing.  Because tomorrow the sun will rise and who knows what the tide could bring?”  My message to you is that Scott Allen E.A is that “sail.”  He can fix your IRS matter and make it possible for you to have a tomorrow and see the sun rise again in your life.

The movie ends with Chuck Noland finding a new love in his life and all that he thought was lost would be restored in a way he never imagined and his new opportunity enlarged ability to love life.  His new life would no longer be controlled by a clock or a deadline as it was when he was an executive at Fed Ex.  He knew better than he did before he was Cast Away to that island, to have hope in his future and to accept the challenges of life and that sometimes we are Cast Away from what we thought was best for us or what we wanted at the time.

The same will be true for you.  Scott has seen many times that those who learn from their IRS problem go much farther with their lives, IF THEY LEARN FROM THAT EXPERIENCE, than if they never had their IRS problem.

If you are really serious about resolving your Phoenix AZ IRS problem, call Scott Allen E.A. for a free consultation at 480-926-9300.  He will provide you with plan that will get you off of the IRS Island and back into your own island without IRS harassment and able to see a way to end your Arizona IRS problem.


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