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Bonfire Night – a community spirit!

Fireworks It is Guy Fawkes Day in the UK today. I love Bonfire Night! As a child in Swaziland we used to have a straw stuffed pair of overalls, representing “Guy”, who rather macabrely was placed on top of a big bonfire and allowed to burn to everyones’ cheers. I won’t get into the origins of the event here, suffice to say it is a very British thing, and it has metamorphasized into a wonderful excuse for some fun.  The local western community would all get together to stand around and enjoy the primeval draw of a large fire while enjoying beer and wine and connecting with friends and the community in general.  For us kids it it was the ultimate experience… fireworks, sparklers, a huge fire to fuel our excitement and plenty of room to run around in in wild abandon. I loved the sense of community the event brought to us all, young and old.

So it has been important for me to continue to enjoy the tradition, and now I have a family of my own I want my children to enjoy the same fun and community spirit. We are lucky enough to live around a private garden square in London. Having the garden is a wonderful focus for our community. In the 15 years I’ve lived here our Bonfire Night has got better and better… yes, the fireworks are better and yes, the organisation is better but what is really better is how we are getting together more and more as a local community to have fun! We leave with a wonderful sense of comaradie and a smile on our faces… and our kids? Well, they ran around like crazy people, shouting and yelling and having a general blast.

Years ago it was easy to be part of a community. You were part of the community where you grew up, where your family had always lived or worshipped, but these days we move away and we live far from those who know us well, and many of us no longer participate in a religious community.  We have to create new lives for ourselves. We have to make so much more effort to satisfy our basic human need to connect with other people. We need to find new communities.  Many of us choose to join a club or group that shares an interest with us, and online communities are becoming more and more important to people.  However, it is important for us to be a part of our local community too, it helps us to feel grounded and secure.  One of the easiest ways to connect with others is to participate in local events. You can particpate at a level that suits you.  All you have to do is show up, and keep showing up. No expectations, just a desire to be present…  [For those of you who may find this quite challenging, all I would say is that things that we have to work hard to achieve often have a greater place in our heart than those things that we achieve easily.].

Wherever you are, I hope you had fun this evening too!






Helen Evans is a non-predictive life purpose hand analyst and purposeful space designer.Her passion is to empower individuals to fulfil their dreams, entrepreneurial, spiritual and personal…to be paid for what they love to do, to live and work in spaces that make themfeel good and to take care of themselves and their well-being.  She uses the pragmatism of her African upbringing and the deep intuition of her Celtic roots to guide her clients into the lives they really want.

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