Human behavior reveals much; while we believe we are the cleverest of all species, and persistently engage in self-congratulatory endeavors, including self-esteem courses and passing laws to ensure that we cannot mistreat each other; nevertheless, leaving one deep in the wilderness to face other carnivores, even for a single night, without implements, flashlights or prefabricated weaponry, shows how we might fare against our competition.
Within the context of our own safety nets, what indicates much about ourselves are the things we hold onto. Whether memorabilia from an era long past; or perhaps a piece of clothing from our childhood; old photographs of a friendship once thought unimpeachable, but somehow lost touch through distance, time and divergent paths of life’s difficulties. We hold onto things, people, memories and habituated lives, because the trend of daily monotony provides a circularity of security.
There is comfort in knowing, and doing, the same things we did yesterday and the day before. Erratic lives and daily unforeseen circumstances are rarely welcomed events. Certainty evinces security; past patterns provide surety; and monotony allows for meaningful interludes of interrupted excitement.
For the Federal and Postal Worker who suffers from a medical condition, it is unfortunately often those things we hold onto for too long which comes back to haunt. The old job, the past pattern, the known life; it all worked when once we were healthy. But the uncertainty of the future dominates precisely because we tend to hold fast that which needs to be let go.
Federal Disability Retirement benefits, filed ultimately through the U.S. Office of Personnel Management, is an employment benefit available to all FERS, CSRS and CSRS-Offset employees under the Federal employment system. It allows one to “let go” of past patterns of pain, suffering, and constant agony because of one’s medical condition, and to look to the future for a different and brighter prospect.
It may test the Federal or Postal Worker by placing him or her in situations not previously known; but, fortunately, it will not be a test against other species in the wilderness, but merely of one’s own kind.
Robert R. McGill, Esquire
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