Diligence left the safe walls of the city at dawn, patiently walking through the wild hills beyond the river like they walk the battlements.They rase their halberd high, and strike the serpent heading for the village. They are absolutely glorious in the morning light, but no one is there to see. It matters little for the work is its own reward. At noon they will walk back and enjoy the safety of the city.
Possible meanings : Fighting for what you want. Planning in advance, setting the stage for success. Anticipating a problem. Doing the work. Hard work without immediate reward. Taking that step you know you need to take but are afraid to. Working on oneself. Dislodging harmful beliefs and subconscious fears.