A campfire is a circle of warmth and light that keeps the darkness at bay.

When people gather around the flickering crackle of a warm fire they feel a sense of community and belonging, common ground. The hearth is the emotional center, the heart, of a home, and a campfire creates a feeling of home, even in the wilderness.

Telling stories around the campfire is one of the most ancient traditions we have. Stories entertain us, they educate us, they connect us, and they create a common culture. A campfire is also a beacon. When people are lost or alone in the dark, a campfire in the distance gives them hope and something to aim for.

Are you feeling lost and alone? Look around. Are there any beacons of light out there in the darkness? 

How might you create a campfire, a magnet for people to gather around, share, and connect?

See also: Solar system, Braiding, DNA, The universe.


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