A fisherman can cast the line, but can only wait for the fish to bite. Your catch will come in its own good time; you cannot make it come sooner — neither by working nor by planning nor by wishing. You may need to provide nourishment with your catch, but only through patience can you become the bridge between the fickle fish and the eventual feast. Strength in a time of trial waits quietly, resolutely. Weakness grows agitated, and abandons the effort before the fish start biting. Periods of waiting are most fruitful when used for quiet contemplation.
Proceed cautiously, but resolutely, with whatever you are doing. The situation calls for consistency and patience. Waiting is an essential skill; patience is a powerful force. Time is an ally for those with inner strength — the kind of strength that allows you to be uncompromisingly honest with yourself, while sticking to the path you have charted. If you persevere with a positive attitude, time weakens even the hardest obstacles. To rush anything, or impatiently force results, stimulates resistance and causes setbacks. At best, you achieve surface changes that may just as quickly be reversed. Steadfast waiting — holding to your integrity — leads to slow but permanent improvements. In the end, you accomplish something great. Be content to practice patience.