If we have risen, we must still rise. Patient as we may have become, we must be more so; while if we have been self-sacrificing we must add to our deeds of self-sacrifice. It is the only way to remain in our exalted position, to be patient or self-sacrificing. For we must always be opening doors lending to virtue, and shutting doors upon vice, ready for new beginnings and endings.
We cannot afford to rest on our oars of increased strength, cannot remain as we are, cannot progress without effort.
In reality the only way to prevent ourselves falling is by always growing towards the ideal of perfection.