In response to my last, rather philosophical post, I would like to draw from a documented event that occured in the Egyptian desert around 420AD. Abba (Father) Sisoes was an Egyptian hermit who was very influential in the establishment of Christian monasticism and was known for his tremendous love towards his disciples (novice monks who were guided by him).
“A brother asked Abba Sisoes, ‘I have fallen, Abba; what shall I do?’ The old man said to him, ‘Get up again.’ The brother said, ‘I have gotten up again, but again have I fallen.’ The old man said, ‘Get up again and again.’ So the brother asked, ‘How many times?’ The old man replied, ‘Until you are taken up either in virtue or in sin. For a man presents himself to judgment in that state in which he is found.'”
I am not wanting to turn this into a lesson of Christian values, but rather, let us take this “advice” on a completely secular and non-denominational level. This is definately something that we can all apply to our day-to-day lives. It’s simple perseverance, where we fight forward for what we believe is right, where we strive to attain our goals without giving up.
But still, to what extent? We know that Judgment, in the Christian understanding, is considered the “final rendezvous that will seal the fate of one’s eternity”, and so in the same way, persevere and struggle towards your goals until you have either succeeded or failed. So at the end of time (in this case, at the end of your life) if you have failed, you can honestly say that you tried; that you weren’t taken up by laziness. The last line drives home the fact that after your time here on Earth has finished, there will be no more chance to accomplish things that you were always meaning to do, but never got around to doing. It only makes sense that you can only present, what you managed to reap.
Carpe diem! Sieze the day!