We have all enjoyed playing the game – of the silent act in order for our team to come up with the name of the book, a famous saying, identification of a country or place; and with some inebriation as a helpful assistant to even greater pathways of outrageous laughter, the game is enjoyed in homes and neighborhoods when gatherings aggregate in times of holidays or special occasions.
It is the silent opera for the actor; the guessing laughter and thoughtful pose for the other members of one’s team. How did that game come about? Is it because games reflect a reality of a slice of life? It reminds one of the “perfect lie” – you know, the one that always retains a kernel of truth, and thus is believable.
The imperfect lie is the one that is made up out of whole cloth – the one’s that a kid who is not yet a master of the believable lie tells to the parents, thinking that a make-believe world is distinguishable from the objective universe of reality, but that you can simply insert an imaginary event into the day-to-day workings of this parallel universe.
No, the perfect lie is like the charade of life – it is acting, but always retaining and containing a slice of reality and truth. And of other games – of monopoly, cross-word puzzles, trivial pursuit, etc.; are they merely distractions to escape the harshness of life, or do they contain a sufficient amount of that slice to make it all the more interesting?
And of the charade of life – to what extent do we engage it daily, and if someone catches you in the act, can you simply respond with, “Well, I will just playing charades with you all.” To which the audience (or the police) might say, “But no one else was playing, and you have no team.” To which the Shakespearean actor would say, “Ah, but all the world is a stage!”
For Federal employees and U.S. Postal workers who suffer from a medical condition, such that the medical condition begins to prevent one or more of the essential elements of one’s Federal or Postal job, it often seems like you have been playing at the game of charades for quite some time. The only problem is, your own “team members” haven’t been trying to guess at what is wrong, but rather, have been trying to ignore or otherwise act as if they don’t know. Or, perhaps you, too, have been trying to hide the medical condition, in somewhat of a “reverse charades play”.
But the time ultimately comes, where you have to prepare, formulate and file an effective Federal Disability Retirement application, to be submitted to the U.S. Office of Personnel Management, whether you are under FERS, CSRS or CSRS Offset. At that point, the game of charades is over – for you have been finally realized and recognized as “the man who is filing for Federal Disability Retirement” and the Federal or Postal employee who suffers from a medical condition.
Yes, real life is a reflection of the games we play, and charades is truly a mirror of who we are.
Robert R. McGill, Esquire