Here is another of my favorite quotes that has been in my life for at least 25 years. It comes from the I Ching which is one of the oldest classic Chinese texts. To me it speaks of patience and getting ready for change:
When flowing water…. meets with obstacles on its path,
a blockage in its journey,
It increases in volume and strength,
filling up in front of the obstacle and eventually spilling past it….
Do not turn and run,
for there is nowhere worthwhile for you to go.
Do not attempt to push ahead into the danger…
emulate the example of the water:
Pause and build up your strength
until the obstacle no longer represents a blockage