survival instinct

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Painting is by Amrita Shergill
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“Life shrinks or expands in proportion to one’s courage.”
? Anaïs Nin 

These words resonated deeply with me as I’ve been on both ends of the spectrum. Fear disables, browbeating into submission. Was conditioned early on that sacred vows are for life, no matter how throttling. Karma can make sacred into scared in no time. You learn to live internally, biding time. It mattered not that it took a heck of a long time taking toll on mind and body despite a healthy survival instinct. Courage is as courage does depending upon one’s viable options. Enough said.

When time was ripe and options opened up, courage did expand life. Fate, destiny, karma, survival instincts along with nurture play a majorly role and I make no bones about it as I’ve thus lived and survived.

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