When a person works on himself in spiritual matters, he will find that he has ups and downs. It is easy to feel discouraged when one find oneself on a lower level than previously. Rabbi Tzadok Hacohen addressed himself to this when he said: "It is impossible for a person to have a major elevation without a prior descending." (Otzer Hamachshavah shel Rav Tzadok Hacohen, p.28)
It is unreasonable to expect constant successes. Look at each failure as a stepping stone to greater growth.
(Gateway to Happiness, pp.379-80)
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