The proper timing of an event has much to do with the successful outcome of an
endeavor. Just look at the "timing" passes in the NFL, where the quarterback throws
a pass towards a receiver who has not yet looked for the ball, but expects it because that is
precisely the play which has been called, and one which has been practiced for in countless previous
series of practices. But with timing comes a history of perseverance. Timing is perfected by
practice, and practice becomes fruitful and productive only through countless effort and perseverance. If the first
time one attempts X and the timing is not perfect, one cannot walk away in frustration because the
timing was "off"; rather, it is through perseverance where perfect timing is achieved.
Effortlessness is achieved through the very achievement of great effort. In preparing,
formulating and filing for Federal Disability Retirement benefits from the U.S. Office of Personnel
Management, whether under FERS or CSRS, there are multiple "timing" issues, coupled with
the need to have the perseverance to achieve that proper timing. Sometimes, it is simply
premature to start the process: perhaps the doctors are not ready; perhaps the Federal or Postal worker is not mentally prepared to take the next
step. Psychological barriers are just as real an impediment as physical ones. At other times,
timing has to do with the doctors -- cases often have to develop, and doctors
have to spend time with the patient/applicant before admitting that disability retirement is the
only and best option. For that "perfect timing" to occur, perseverance by the Federal or Postal employee may be
needed -- if not only to persevere through a slightly longer process of case-development.
Thus, timing and perseverance are not limited to the NFL or sports in general; rather, in
life, and in preparing a Federal Disability Retirement application, being "in the game"
and trudging along to perfect the right time, are all important components in the successful
submission of a Federal Disability Retirement application for the
Federal and Postal Worker.
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