Our relevance is determined by others; meaning, by ourselves. Some fear irrelevance; almost all, meaninglessness. Whether we are truly relevant in our communities, our careers, our personal and professional lives — that is a question which is dependent upon what others think and do about our interactions with them.
The fear of relevance is often felt to a lesser extent, for we can fool ourselves into thinking that we are more relevant than we actually are. The fear of meaninglessness, however, is a different matter. “Meaning” relates to our own inner lives; of how we think of ourselves; of what value we attribute; the interests we have undertaken; the purpose we have shown. The fear of meaninglessness is what compels us to act.
For Federal employees and U.S. Postal workers who suffer from a medical condition such that the medical condition prevents the Federal or Postal employee from performing one or more of the essential elements of one’s Federal or Postal job, the medical condition itself — in relation to one’s job — will intersect with questions of meaning and relevance.
Consider filing for Federal Disability Retirement benefits — for, the fear of meaninglessness will become evident once you consider the priorities of your life, including your time remaining; the impact of your medical condition; what you want to do for the rest of your life.
Robert R. McGill, Esquire