Fire At Night

Photo by Marc Sethi, September 2015. All usage must have prior permission from the photographer.

Photo by Marc Sethi, September 2015. All usage must have prior permission from the photographer.

This is a picture of me and who I call Mr Bean (he does the MOST hilarious impression of Mr Bean…I’ll try and get it on camera!)

We’re sitting next to his tent the morning after he had a tent fire. He still had soot all over his arms from where he had woken up surrounded by flames after a candle fell over while he was sleeping. His friends had heard his screams and pulled him to safety and offered him a corner of their own overcrowded tents for the rest of the night.

The very little that he had in the world was burnt. But he was still laughing, doing impressions of Mr Bean, and joking about with us.

Photo by Marc Sethi, September 2015. All usage must have prior permission from the photographer.

Photo by Marc Sethi, September 2015. All usage must have prior permission from the photographer.

Material possessions mean nothing as long as you, and the people you love are safe. ‘Everything can be replaced’ he told me. The journey the people in the jungle have taken is a very good practice of non attachment. Someone else told me that their only bag, containing their entire life, had fallen into the sea during the dangerous crossing of the Mediterranean. He was now sharing a bag, and clothes etc with a friend, grateful that it was just his bag and not himself that had fallen overboard.

Anyway, we gave Mr Bean a new tent, but what he gave me was a lot more. He taught me a valuable lesson, that as long as you have your health, your loved ones, your safety and your sense of humour, that’s really all that matters.

A person in need often has a lot more to give than you realise.

I am consistently given more than I can carry home.

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