|Argentine-Chilean border. The gateway to Patagonia|
For years I've understood Musashi's meaning, but only insofar as it has applied to medieval Japanese warfare. The 17th Century "Sword Saint" on one level is stating that a warrior must engage in battle with the full realization that he will die. Only then can he cast off egotistical thoughts of self-preservation and truly be victorious. Contemplating Musashi further, a deeper understanding emerges, one that applies to all things in life. You must transcend your personal desires in order to wholly realize what life offers to you, otherwise your experiences are limited by your own sense of self-preservation.
Carrying Musashi's lesson into my life, I've recently come to understand that in any human relationship you must be willing to leave it, walk away at any moment if need be. With this in mind, only then can you devote yourself wholly to your partner and the relationship which you share. Otherwise your ego, occupied with protecting what you have, screams out in a yelp of self-protection, fingers squeezing tightly as the water runs out from in between.