There are three years above the stone.
I have some difficulty associating this with “Patience wins out in the end”.
Yeah I’m still trying to wrap my head around this one
Maybe a very sophisticated sort of reference to being as patient as geologic time. The stone generally wins in the end, at least over humans…I don’t know.
石の上にも三年 is a common proverb.
A stone is cold and you don’t want to sit down on it. But if you keep sitting there for three years, the stone will eventually get warmer and you will feel more comfortable with it. - This is the etymology and an analogy for tenaciousness. Don’t give up on your goal. It may take time but you can achieve it if you keep working hard.