# 5 – Finding Hell in a Drawer

Continuing on with the Battle of the UNs, I backtracked to complete Task #5…the purging of a closet or drawer as suggested by Sidney.

IMG_2556There is one particular drawer in my house that was nearing an overflow explosion of great proportions.  It’s the one that I fill with papers that are “not important enough for the safe deposit box, yet way, way, wayyyyy too important to mix in with anything else.”

I purged its guts onto the floor…

and started to to rifle through the contents. 

Among paperwork about insurance policies, retirement accounts, and other legitimate important-ness, I found THIS little gem:

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Seriously.  There it was.  Right under my Social Security Statement.  This little 23-page pocket guide to hell was stored in a drawer side-by-side with the Social Security Administration’s verification that I earned $3.35/hour in the summer of ’88 working as a “salad bar girl” at the local rural airport.   

I have no CLUE why this pamphlet was in my “important stuff” drawer.  I obviously put it there, but why?

Did I have a good reason to think that my soul was destined for eternal destruction?  If so, did I honestly believe that having a pocket manual to punishment was going to make things go a little easier?  Did I need directions for the damned? 

I want to read it, but sub-headings like…

  • Where is Hell Located?;
  • Punishment by Cold; and
  • Greatest Pain of Hell

…have me a little freaked out tonight. 

Plus, I  hate the cold and I don’t particularly want to know where Hell is located…although I have a pretty good idea that it’s somewhere near the storage locker at an airport salad bar in Pennsylvania.

In my own belief, I think that there definitely is a Hell and that the choice to go there is made during life, primarily by outright rejecting God.  I can only assume that’s the point of the pamphlet and the reason why I decided to throw it in the important drawer.  After all, what can be more important than a reminder that after this mortal life, there is more yet to come?

Do you believe in an afterlife?

Thanks again to Sidney and her suggestion to purge a drawer.  Half of the contents were trashed, the other half were organized, and one little hellish pamphlet was…ahhh, I have no idea what to do with the thing…but I’m sure it will find a new drawer and shock the next person who finds it there.

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22 responses to this post.

  1. Love it! and am purging myself in preparation for a move but no way have I come across something like this. Don’t blame you for being reluctant to read…what if reading it is an automatic ticket in??? Yikes!

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  2. Hell is getting a certified letter from the ex’s attorney. Even though the divorce was in 1984. They always think up something.

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  3. With the current state of affairs (economically that is!), they could attach that right to the Social Security package!

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  4. I definitely believe in an afterlife, and that’s why death doesn’t scare me. The pain of it does, but not death itself.

    I wonder if that is a reflection of the fact we’re all likely not to receive a darn thing from Social Security when it’s our time. Perhaps those days will indeed be hell for us.

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    • My SS statement already has a footnote at the bottom that says there likely won’t be full funding for SS when I reach retirement age. Unfortunately, I think it’s going to be hell for a lot of people when the time comes to retire, and they can’t.

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  5. Posted by beverlydiehl on August 16, 2011 at 11:09 am

    While I have occasionally fantasized about suitably horrific punishments for child molesters, I cannot imagine expending the thought and energy to create an entire book on hell. For one thing, it’s already been done (Dante.) For another, creating Hell is easy – just take an island and drop all the over-the-top religious zealots there: Jew, Christian, Muslim, atheist & others.

    Maybe you saved it for the pure entertainment value of the thing?

    Rather spend my energy and thoughts on ways to make life better for those I love, and people in general. Good for you for purging the drawer!

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  6. Tracy, this is just to ironic because I also have one drawer in my apartment that is filled with papers and misc stuff that I’ve thrown in there over the past couple of year. Well, last week I decided to clean it out and found a LOAD of stuff I totally forgot about.

    And yes, I definitely believe in an afterlife – without a doubt.

    And I also believe in hell, but not as a ‘place.’ More of a state of mind.

    Fab post, girl! I was so happy to see that you posted today :)

    X

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    • Purging drawers like that are so much fun (caugh) but do reveal some interesting finds. My posting schedule is so “off” lately…lots of non-blog worthy things going on lately. Nice to always see you here, Ron…brightens my day!

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  7. Yes! Every now and again a good clean-up does wonders! Yes, I do believe in a life after this one: a heaven and a hell, and yes, I agree that the choice of destination is made while you breath; something that many take for granted – sadly! (We don’t know when the last one will be.)

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  8. I believe there is an afterlife, and we have a choice to make as to where we will spend it.

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  9. why yes my dear i DO believe in an afterlife. That’s one thing I’m not confused about.

    OH man, don’t we ALL have a drawer like that. What’s worse than the paper drawer is the kitchen junk drawer.. you know what i’m talking about??

    ugh, Lord knows what you’ll find in there

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    • I just took a peek into my kitchen junk drawer. When a candle burns down to the very end, a normal person would throw the little left over piece away, right?

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  10. I do believe in the afterlife, although sometimes I find the concept of reincarnation fascinating. That God would keep sending us back until we get it right… It seems interesting to me. I probably saw too many movies growing up!

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  11. This is a funny post and I’m totally with Stephanie. We keep returning here until we get it right!

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