Our expert says:
Good to have you back, lady nina ! And wise comments on the fear of change, the tendency to hang on to the misery we know.
I seem to remember there was a great old folk-story, was it Hassidic? Of the Great Tree of Sorrow ? Somewhere in the forest there was a huge tree with low-hanging branches. And if we found it, we were allowed to take off all our sorrows and problems and hang them onto a branch and leave them there --- on condition that we walked round the tree, and chose another person's set of sorrows, and put them on, instead. It was said that after walking roud the tree a few times, everyone would put back on their own sorrows, before walking away.
And, as you say, within "strong people", sometimes part of our strength has depended on fortifications we have built, and which may need to be shifted and changed where they now protect us against things we want to reach
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