Once the great Anthony of the Desert was relaxing with his disciples
outside his hut when a hunter came by. The hunter was surprised to see
Anthony relaxing, and rebuffed him for taking it easy. It was not his
idea of what a holy monk should be doing.
Anthony replied, "Bend your bow and shoot an arrow." And the hunter
did so. "Bend it again and shoot another arrow," said Anthony. The
hunter did so, again and again.
The hunter finally said, "Abba Anthony, if I keep my bow always
stretched, it will break."
So it is with the monk," replied Anthony. "If we push ourselves beyond
measure, we will break. It is right from time to time to relax our