Medical Retirement for Federal Employees: The protective comfort of fatalism

There is some comfort in a perspective that is resigned to pre-determinism; for, if nothing can be changed, whatever we do in life is what would have happened anyway, and there is no changing it no matter how much we may try. Fate is thus out of our hands; destiny is designed by forces unknown or beyond our comprehension; and the future cannot be influenced by our petty deeds or attempts to deviate. Taken to the extreme, we are who we are and what we do, how we think and where we end up is purely a matter of fate. […] Read More …

When Federal Employees Continue Working in Jobs That Further Deteriorate Their Health

It is precisely the repetitive identity which provides for comfort. Thinking is an endeavor which requires effort; ritualistic actions require merely attendance and presence, and the mechanical motions of responding. When the mind becomes bifurcated from the task at hand, […] Read More …

Disability Retirement for Federal Government Employees: The Healing of Time

Time is a peculiar phenomena; if it is based upon the movement of objects or thought, then the entity oblivious to one’s surroundings remains unaffected. For the human animal, the reliance is based upon a societal norm of sequential and linear movement, with multiple tracking […] Read More …

Early Medical Retirement for Disabled Federal Workers: Cocoons

A cocoon both insulates and protects; it allows for the entity inside to feel a sense of security, and provides a veil which prevents “outsiders” from seeing in. Homes for humans provide a cocoon; thoughts hidden in the recesses of one’s mind constitute a metaphorical […] Read More …

FERS & CSRS Disability Retirement for Federal and USPS Workers: A period of respite

Then there is the story of the office worker who was called in to discuss certain matters with the boss, and during the course of the conversation, boasted proudly that he had not taken a vacation in five years, thereby intimating his commitment and dedication […] Read More …

FERS & CSRS Disability Retirement for Federal and USPS Workers: Incrementalism

Gradual decline or ascendancy is a concept which is difficult to grasp, precisely because one’s training to render judgements is based upon viewing an object or issue in its entirety. Darwinian evolution is a paradigm based upon minute, incrementally selective […] Read More …

OPM Disability Retirement: Respite and Reflection

Sometimes, it is a positive thing to have a period of respite, in order to engage in a reflective mode of thought. The “to-do list” is always extensive and pressing; the need to advance, to accomplish, […] Read More …

Federal Employee Medical Retirement: Pushing the Reset Button

Preparing, formulating and filing for Federal Disability Retirement benefits from the U.S. Office of Personnel Management, whether under FERS or CSRS, is like the proverbial phrase […] Read More …

Federal Disability Retirement: “And the Holidays Are For…”

And the holidays are for (in sequential order): Celebration of an event; time away from one’s daily routine in order to revitalize one’s health, both mental and physical; enjoyment in the […] Read More …

OPM Disability Retirement: The Three-Day Weekend

For Federal and Postal employees contemplating filing for Federal Disability Retirement benefits under FERS or CSRS, the 3-day weekend is a time of respite, recuperation and intermediate […] Read More …