Rich Paxson

Thank you Sheelah for your response. We do all have people in our lives who are, or become problematic. The nesting doll symbol helps me remember that I and the one I find problematic are part of the same whole. Each of us has our own unique “woundedness.” Individuality within unity, which is the dolls’ symbol for me, facilitates awareness of the need to understand the other person. And I find that when I least like that other person, then the search for understanding is the most effective. If reconciliation is not possible, then the struggle itself goads me to grow in understanding and empathy.