Have a Merry Christmas

No one likes to be the grinch of any Christmas — even of 2020. It will not soon be forgotten. Christmas is about relationships, and the pandemic of 2020 has devastated the personal connections so integral in forming, establishing, maintaining and developing personal and professional relationships. One could, of course, be an optimist and make the argument that if there is to be social distancing, extreme care of contact, etc., then the compensation accorded by this technological age (Zoom and other types of video-conferencing, etc.) makes 2020 as the best time for a viral and infectious disease. It is the “at least” argument — at least we can still stay in contact; at least we can “see” each other; at least… Ultimately, optimism is the best feature of humanity, for it allows for a hopeful outlook to the future; and so we tip our hats to Christmas of 2020, close our eyes and dream of fairies, gnomes, Santa Clause and his helpers, and bid everyone a Merry Christmas, 2020.
Sincerely, Robert R. McGill, Esquire

Medical Retirement for Federal Workers: These Holidays

Do We dread, or welcome them?  Is it a season to which we look forward, or hope that they will quickly fade into memories best left forgotten?  Is it to endure, tolerate, give a plastic smile to, or do we guffaw uproariously where our hearts flutter with sincere flushes of joyful tears?

On the other hand, must our emotions always be bifurcated into extremes of disjunctives?  Must it be “Either/Or” (to borrow Kierkegaard’s Title to his opus magnum)?  Can it not be some compromised “middle ground” where we enjoy certain parts of it, tolerate with indifference others, and leave the rest to the ash heaps of eternal drawers shuttering away in memories unrevealed?

The “Holidays” are a time of bustle; and though we complain of the “commercialism” of the modern era, we refrain and restrain ourselves because we know that, to do so is to be tagged a “Scrooge”; and so we quietly acquiesce, “go with the flow” and smile wanly as the world decorates itself in preparation for a single day in a time of multiple troubles.

But in the end, isn’t it nice to “make-believe?”  For, there are always the tomorrows and the day after; the day before, and other times of mundane and common occurrences, and to celebrate one out of all of those “others”, even if tomorrow brings back the reality of tumults and memories of better yesterdays — still, through it all, it is nice to gather around and sing a Christmas carol, to light a candle, to bow in prayer for thanks and wishes.

In the end, it is — after all — these Holidays that matter not because the world says so, but because we have an excuse to be with family, friends, hug and laugh, if only for a day in remembrance of these holidays.

Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays, and have a Happy New Year.

Sincerely,

Robert R. McGill, Esquire

 

Merry Christmas & Holiday Season

For all Federal and Postal employees who are under FERS or CSRS contemplating Federal disability retirement benefits; for past, present and future (contemplating) clients; for all who have followed my blogs throughout the year:  Have a Merry Christmas, and a safe Holiday Season.

Sincerely, Robert R. McGill, Esquire

Merry Christmas & a Happy New Year


A short respite from the daily routine is always in order. For Federal and Postal employees who have been following my blogs, take this time for reflection, repair, joy and forgiveness. Have a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year, and may the coming year of 2013 be fruitful, prosperous and guided by clarity of information.
Sincerely, Robert R. McGill, Esquire

Federal Disability Retirement: Happy Holidays

For all Federal and Postal employees, past and present, who have been following my blogs on the issues impacting Federal Disability Retirement under FERS & CSRS, Happy Holidays, Merry Christmas, and a Happy New Year. I will continue to endeavor during the next couple of weeks to spend time with my family, and to write some blogs whenever possible.
Sincerely, Robert R. McGill, Esquire