Of what? A problem? One’s life — where one ascribes to the Socratic view that an unexamined life is not one worth living? Of one’s current circumstances — however dire at first glance, is likely overstated and over-analyzed.
We often over-state current problems in terms of obstacles unable to be overcome, and fail to assess them within the context of past issues and future unknowns.
How often have we looked back at our past and quipped with wonderment, Boy, did that seem like something we would never be able to get out of — but somehow, we persevered and overcame and arrived relatively unscathed.
As to current problems, we always over exaggerate and state thus: “This time, it is different. There is no way out.” We often get embroiled in the weeds of current issues, thinking that no one else has ever become so stuck, with no way to get out. What about a proper assessment of a case? How strong is your case; what are the weaknesses?
For Federal employees and U.S. Postal workers who suffer from a serious injury or disability such that this injury or disability no longer allows you to continue in your career of choice in the Federal sector or the Postal Service — it is best to first put all of the potential hazards and roadblocks in front of your path, and see if they can be overcome.
Problems never resolve of themselves — well, actually, they sometimes do. But in the case of preparing, formulating and filing an effective Federal Disability Retirement application under the FERS system, through the U.S. Office of Personnel Management (OPM), it is best to begin with a proper assessment of your case, then proceed with deliberate consciousness of the strengths and weaknesses which will be faced as the bureaucratic process with OPM begins.
Robert R. McGill
Lawyer exclusively representing Federal and Postal employees to secure their Federal Disability Retirement benefits under FERS from the U.S. Office of Personnel Management.