Death, Distribution and Waiting
By Mike Bossy
In my estate planning and family business transition practice at BNG, I have noticed an increase in people waiting. The motivation to write this came while at a restaurant. The server (waiter) was waiting to take my order. That is where the idea sparked. How many of us are waiting?
- Waiting for a parent to die, knowing that a big pay day is coming?
- Waiting for perfection prior to making any kind of decision?
- Waiting to turn 65 to leave a job we never really liked?
- Waiting to finish that next degree before following your passion?
- Waiting for the weekend and wishing your life away?
- Waiting in line?
- Waiting for someone else to go first?
- Waiting for a no-risk situation that doesn’t exist?
- Waiting to make the phone call for fear the answer will be no, fear that they don’t want to mend a relationship, fear we will say something inappropriate or some other reason?
- Waiting to leave when you know it is the right decision for you?
As an aside, I decided to look up the etymology of the word “waiter”, I found this at Wiktionary:
“Late 14th century, "attendant, watchman," agent noun from the verb wait + -er. Sense of "servant who waits at tables" is from late 15th century, originally in reference to household servants; in reference to inns, eating houses, etc., it is attested from 1660s.”
Perhaps this is a new usage of the term “waiter”. In the end, I guess my recommendation is, don’t wait around for the right time. Find opportunities or forge them. If you wait, you will miss out on a lot.
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