“Seize the moment” (or the day) – isn’t that the mantra of modernity? Never let consequences or the hurt of others delay the enigmatic pleasures of bodily delights. Forget results; ignore preparatory steps, as that would waste valuable time otherwise left for delectable dalliances. If modernity has translated “worth” and “value” in terms of present moments of existential delights, then the greater heightening of each event of ecstasy experienced in the “now” of every life should be exponentially enhanced at every opportunity available and presented.
Technology has only further advanced the aversion to planning and foresight; for, the conversation quieted when memory once required of reflection and racking of remembrances is now quickly replaced by a button push that Google immediately answers. “Now” is ever more the gratification never to be delayed. Modernity and youth have been its unfortunate byproduct, where any notion of preparation constitutes a delay of that instant gratification.
But life has a tendency to create tumult and intervene with a dose of reality, and medical conditions exponentially show us that the moment left without delay requires greater reflection and contemplation – and this is especially so with Federal employees and U.S. Postal workers under FERS, CSRS or CSRS Offset.
“Seizing the moment” and quickly putting together a Federal Disability Retirement packet when a medical condition begins to prevent the Federal or Postal employee from performing all of the essential elements of the Federal or Postal employee’s position, is likely not the best approach in preparing, formulating and filing an effective Federal Disability Retirement application. Not in all cases does preparation subvert the moment; often, in life, the “moment” requires preparation, as well as a thoughtful course of planning and reflective methodology of formulating a strategy for the future.
Modernity has invented some great contraptions; technology has saved time (or so they keep saying) and replaced human capacity with easing of burdens. In the end, however, it is up to the planner to plan, and the Federal or Postal employee to seize that “moment” and project it into a plan for a better tomorrow, by preparing, formulating and filing an effective Federal Disability Retirement application, to be filed with the U.S. Office of Personnel Management.
Robert R. McGill, Esquire