How many of us would want that opportunity, and more importantly, for what reasons? Is it to correct the remorse of thoughtless acts perpetrated in another stage of life, when youth or desperation compelled motives and intentions otherwise relegated as an anomaly but for the justification of necessity by situational relativity? Or, perhaps the mistakes that could not be corrected, relieved by the soothing compromise of time, maturity and untarnished levity lifted by the laxity of loneliness but for the content of past emotional upheavals remembered as periods of tumultuous emotionalism outside of the constraints of rationality and ordinary discourse, now but a plea for allowance to go back and adjust?
Would but it could be as easy as adjusting the hour hand with but a forefinger, reversing the ravages of time, and in that moment of reversal, the opportunity arises to revisit, to review and to reallocate our efforts of love, faith, hope and charity within a perspective of time standing still in the maturity and growth of our soul’s essence. If, given the chance, would we want to; what would be the reason; and, would it in the end make a difference? “Youth is wasted on the young” goes the quip, but does the linear advancement in age allow for wisdom to dominate, or does such time traveling merely exponentially worsen the follies exhibited? We all like to think that, as we grow older, we are all the more wiser, but what evidence establishes such a posit of illogical irrationality?
The clock that is turned back does not necessarily allow for corrections; in attempting to recapture, remake and realign the fated stars of doom, the gods may laugh at the futility of efforts merely human, as folly and mistakes are only compounded by fools who go back to correct foolishness.
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 the Federal or Postal employee’s positional duties with the Federal agency or the Postal facility, the remorseful wish to turn back the proverbial clock will not “get you” anywhere. Instead, the focus should always be in the “forward” mode – of looking to the future and never looking in the rearview mirror.
Life moves too quickly to waste time on regrets of past wrongs committed. Yes, there may be an appropriate time to reflect, go back and adjust; but that has little or nothing to do with turning back any clock; instead, that, too, is to look to the future, and for those Federal and Postal employees who suffer from a medical condition, part of looking to the future involves preparing, formulating and filing an effective Federal Disability Retirement application with the U.S. Office of Personnel Management.
Robert R. McGill, Esquire