Good and bad days occur for all of us, whether determined by some objective standard, or by the whims of altering moods. Like weather patterns and tempestuous personalities, the accounting of days and their qualities alter by minutes and lesser fractions thereof.
Human beings possess an excellent capacity for self-determination and defiance of fate and karma, both of which are influenced by the attitudes we display. Can we always count on better days ahead? And more to the point, how can we contain and circumscribe the bad days?
It has been variously pointed out that frustration is produced by the broader gap between expectation and achievement, where one’s unrealistic anticipation of goals to achieve falls far short of realistic ends annotated. Thus, it is always essential to identify items which will come to fruition no matter what.
In other words, always include in any “to-do list” items that you are bound to be accomplished, anyway. More importantly, circumscribe the boundaries of the current “day” and do not include more than an identifiably limited time quantification. Stated differently, there should be a beginning time and an end point as to what constitutes a particular day.
Finally, it is always a given that we should discount Mondays — for, the day following a weekend will almost always be disastrous, no matter how we attempt to decorate it with outward appearances of successful annotations.
Are some of these tactics mere attempts at self-delusion? Perhaps, but if we are to avoid the fates of mischievous gods who playfully attempt to throw lightning bolts in the paths of our daily lives, we must anticipate them and adjust our actions accordingly.
And for Federal employees and U.S. Post Workers who are engaged in the frustrating bureaucratic process of applying for Federal Disability Retirement benefits under FERS, any and every mechanism employed in order to sustain a sense of humor will help you survive the maddening administrative process and help you survive to a successful end.
For, sometimes, the gods who play with our lives are not those mystical creatures watchful among the clouds above, but mere mortals walking to and fro amidst the bureaucratic halls of government offices.
And to maintain your sanity, you may want to consult with a FERS Disability Lawyer who specializes in Federal Disability Retirement Law to see what legal shields may be effective against OPM’s random and capricious lightening bolts of denied applications.
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.