Noise is all around us. The question too often unasked, is: Is the noise relevant, or of mere apparent relevance?
A newborn lacks the capacity to filter out noises. The din of the world around hammers the fresh ears, and the cacophony is sometimes overwhelming. Survival is often at the heart of being able to discern and decipher; to compartmentalize and differentiate; for, if you are lost in thought and a car warns with a loud honking, it is often a noise of relevance which should be heeded.
Radio and television news cycles depend upon making you believe that the next “breaking news” is of relevance; and advertisements which seem funny or tell an interesting story are meant to appear relevant, only to try and sell you a service or commodity which you neither need nor asked for.
We all want to be relevant. Everyone else, in turn, wants to assert their relevance. There is a need in the human heart to become, and then to remain, relevant in a world full of irrelevance. Work and career often define what “relevance” even means, and for Federal and Postal employees who suffer from a medical condition, there is often a hollow, foreboding feeling that you are, or are becoming, irrelevant because you can no longer perform one or more of the essential elements of your job.
Federal Disability Retirement is a benefit which allows you to retire from the Federal government and then move on into the private sector in order to become productive — and relevant — in another way. Distinguish between the noise of apparent relevance and the falsehood of alleged irrelevance, and consult with a Retirement Lawyer who specializes in Federal Disability Retirement Law, thereby putting an earplug into the noise of apparent relevance.
Robert R. McGill
OPM Disability Attorney