Flowers do it; shy individuals, traumatized children, people who feel ashamed; and societies, especially our own, as ours is a country that can stay bottled up only for so long. Whether the opening up of our country will, in retrospect, be deemed to have occurred too soon, will be determined by the coming weeks.
The concept itself — of “opening up” — necessarily implies a previous state of have “closed down”. It is an interesting combination of words, where a positive term (“opening”) is related with a direction (up) that is often associated with a transcendent location (i.e., heaven), whereas the “other” term (closing) implies a negative concept associated with hell, damnation, the source of punishment and grief, etc. In either event, we shall see how history views the opening back up of our society.
For Federal employees and U.S. Postal workers who suffer from a medical condition that has impacted his or her ability and capacity to perform all of the essential elements of one’s Federal or Postal job, “opening up” has always been part of the problem, because to do so would mean to admit that one’s career may have to be changed.
Consider filing for Federal Disability Retirement under FERS, and consult with an attorney who specializes in Federal Disability Retirement Law. Opening up to an attorney will always be a confidential matter, and it may result in positive advice that can be usefully applied.
Robert R. McGill, Esquire