In the expansive version of a narrative, we might include extraneous or even irrelevant information in telling a story. Until quite recently, most movies and television shows avoided scenes of people brushing their teeth, using a urinal, or otherwise utilizing the bathroom facilities (unless, of course, you include that scene in the Hitchcock movie, Psycho, of the woman in the shower).
Our genteel sensibilities implicated an assumption of deliberation exclusion, that viewers were wise enough to know that the narrative involved such scenes; we just didn’t need to actually be “entertained” by such irrelevancies. Thus, in every narrative, there is a necessity to edit, exclude, excise and narrow; otherwise, we would be left with a lengthy compendium of infinite facts and factoids.
For Federal employees and U.S. Postal workers who suffer from a medical condition which necessitates a filing of a Federal Disability Retirement application, the narrative to tell is required by SF 3112A, Applicant’s Statement of Disability. Streamlining; narrowing the scope; focusing upon a specific issue; these and much more are important aspects in preparing, formulating and filing an effective Federal Disability Retirement application.
Robert R. McGill, Esquire