Heaven and Hell

Someone hung this sticky note off the wall in the Metro. 

It asks: “Do you want heaven or hell?”

Two incidents with some neighbors this weekend reminded me of this message: 

The first–there were some boxes put out for donation to Hurricane Sandy victims, and we saw one of the neighbors actually take stuff out of the charity boxes. Was he needy too–I don’t really know. But I do wonder whether he’ll enjoy his new jacket, at the expense of someone perhaps homeless and who lost everything in the Superstorm.

The second–I was hauling a really big box–it was extremely heavy and I come to find out that the wheels on the dolly were flat. It was nearly impossible to move on the the bare metal. All of a sudden, a wonderful person comes over–a stranger–and says “here, let me help you!” He accompanied me, pushing with me all the way to my destination. This guy was like an angel. 

Heaven or hell–we are tested everyday in our actions–some choose one, while some seem to gravitate to the other. 

Finally, I can’t say again how grateful I am to the neighbor who went out of his way to help me–and in a difficult situation–I hope that I can learn from him!

(Source Photo: Andy Blumenthal)