Patience is the key to building a good campfire.
At the first sign of a spark, it is tempting to heap on the fuel: wet or dry, the more the better.
But a fire needs to breathe.
And so we build the fire slowly, adding a few logs, then backing off and creating space for air to reach the coals. Tending it, ever mindful of its needs.
Same for the fire burning inside each of us:
Tend it patiently and with care, and the coals will last through the cold night.
On the other hand, if we add fuel too quickly, the fire suffocates.