“If all someone does is eat, drink and sleep, he will start falling apart; he’ll feel sleepy all the time because his body and his mind slacken. He’ll eventually get to the point where he won’t be able to do anything. He gets easily worn out, even by just walking. Instead, if he just works a little and moves about, he strengthens his legs and his arms. You see, those who love work don’t sleep much, or from being fatigued – they might not sleep at all. They have all this strength because work has seasoned them and they’ve become physically strong. Work is health…”
(Elder St Paisios in ‘Family Life’)