Once, fire swept through a part of Breslov. Passing by the site, Reb Natan and his followers spotted one of the distraught homeowners. Although crying bitterly, he was sifting through the rubble of his destroyed house in the hope of finding something, anything that he might use to rebuild his home. Reb Natan said: Do you see what he’s doing? Even though his house has been destroyed, he hasn’t given up hope. He’s collecting whatever might be useful for rebuilding his house. The same is true when it comes to spirituality. The Evil One fights against us, he tries to destroy whatever holiness we’ve built up by getting us to do something which goes against G-d’s will. Even so, when we are knocked down and all seems hopeless, we must never give up hope. We have to pick up a few good points and collect them together from amidst the sins. This is the way to return to G-d (Kokhavei Or p.78).
Kokhavei Or as cited in Crossing the Narrow Bridge, by Chaim Kramer