It is difficulties that reveal what men amount to. Whenever you’re struck by a difficulty, remember that God, like a trainer in the gymnasium, has matched you against a tough young opponent. ‘For what purpose?’, someone asks. So that you may become an Olympic victor; and that is something that can’t be achieved without sweat. - Epictetus. Discourses, 1.24
Do you have the patience to wait
till your mud settles and the water is clear?
Can you remain unmoving
till the right action arises by itself?
- Tao Te Ching - Lao-tzu