We have come to interpret such a concept as one which must rise above the mundane. A “reason”, in isolation, is simply not enough; instead, it must be “compelling” — that break between a pause and a human action.
People act or remain dull and passive for all sorts of reasons, whether silly, valid, inappropriate or otherwise uninspiring; but when the words which form a basis for sudden action, where even the dullard is spurred into a frenzy of intensity otherwise resembling a sleeping dog on a rainy afternoon where even rabbits ignore its presence — then we know that the “reason” was indeed “compelling”.
Most words and concepts merely lead to other words and concepts; sometimes, they are related; at other times, whether by accident or by deliberation, a logical and causal connection may be recognized between conceptual spheres. But it is the rare animal when an action results from a word — otherwise known as a reason.
For Federal employees and U.S. Postal workers who suffer from a medical condition such that the medical condition or injury prompts a call to a lawyer who is an OPM Federal Disability Retirement Lawyer, the “reason” which is “compelling” is quite obvious: The medical condition has come to a critical juncture such that the Federal or Postal worker is concerned enough to know that it has begun to impact the Federal or Postal employee’s ability and capacity to perform the essential elements of one’s Federal or Postal job.
That is a good thing — to act upon the compelling reason and not let inertia become the prefatory basis of a reason otherwise unstated.
Robert R. McGill
Federal Disability Attorney