We hear often about its opposite: The “perfect” storm. For, it is the combination of coincidences which coalesce that result in that greater calamity which we all allegedly want to witness: Of winds howling at destructive speeds; of the tides reaching their pinnacle; of other natural forces bringing to fore the ferocity of supernatural strength — and all together, the aggregation of beauty within fear.
But what about the imperfect storm? The one that merely is ordinary and without much fanfare? That is what most of us represent — of nothing exceptional; where history did not note, nor did it grab the attention of the front pages.
Most lives are ordinary, in that sense, where we represent an imperfect storm, not worthy of even a mention in a footnote. A birth; a life; somewhat of a career; a sickness; an illness, then death. But within that spectrum of ordinariness is the tale of human triumph and suffering; it’s just that we don’t notice it, and barely give it a second glance, precisely because it was never advertised as the “perfect” storm.
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, perhaps your case fails to merit a mention as a “perfect storm”; although, from your perspective, the calamity of a career-ending illness or injury will likely be seen by you as such.
Consult with an attorney who specializes in Federal Disability Retirement Law, and begin the process of preparing an effective Federal Disability Retirement application, lest your imperfect storm become one of greater imperfection by receiving a denial from the U.S. Office of Personnel Management.
Robert R. McGill, Esquire