The daily life of a Chan practitioner cannot be separated from his work, just as fish cannot live without water and trees cannot grow without soil.
The daily labor of a Chan practitioner are the provisions which support him on the path. Many Chan Masters have become enlightened while bending over piles of split wood or shouldering heavy loads as part of their daily work.
Similarly, in order to sustain our livelihoods, we need to work and handle all sorts of tasks while experiencing and testing our resolve to the marrow. It is only by repeatedly starting over from scratch that we can be successful in our Chan practice.