Who moved my cheese? Who’s moving your cheese? Have you even realized that your cheese has been moved? What am I talking about (is it bilforsikring?) So I just recently re-read “Who Moved My Cheese”, which at sub $10 I highly suggest you pick up. I wanted to take a second to give it a quick review along with my two thumbs up.
We all struggle with change and most of us don’t even realize that it’s happening all around us all the time. This book almost subconsciously shows you the different attitudes we all have when change happen to us - in personal and professional lives. The book is really quite simple and it starts as a group of people coming together for a reunion. In catching up one of the characters starts in on a story about two mice, Sniff and Scurry, and two Littlepeople, Hem and Haw. All four are in a Maze and are constantly searching for New Cheese because their Old Cheese is often temporary and never in the same spot in the Maze. I can’t stress how great this anecdote is and here’s how the characters break out:
Hem - He’s hemmed himself into his comfortable ways. Unable to see the value in change and is constantly over analyzing. Quick to action but only if it reinforces what he already believes. Hem has a strong sense of entitlement to his Old Cheese and isn’t going to change - when everyone else should in his opinion.
Haw - Haw is Hem’s other half. He is slow to see change but once it happens is able to break past his fears and reservations. This allows him to laugh (Haw Haw) at how ridiculous he was trying stuck in the comfortable and is able to move on to find New Cheese. He’s our hero.
Sniff - One of the mice with a great sense of smell. He’s able to sense when change is coming. He’s also the first one to try to find out new directions to head. His running shoes are never to far and as soon as it’s time, he throws on his sneakers and then throws his nose in the air in search of New Cheese.
Scurry - The other mouse that also keeps his sneakers on hand. Scurry is fast on his feet and ususally leads the way, after Sniff points him in a direction. Scurry often hits walls and gets Sniff lost but he never stops moving. Together he and Sniff are never left behind by change and are always on the look out for New Cheese in the Maze.
This book had some great (and seemingly oversimplified) “writings on the wall”. It was a quick read and can be finished literally in a sitting or two. The messages are quite complex though and will leave you thinking for long after you put the book down. It really pokes at how we all view change as each of these four characters. One of the biggest messages I pulled out, especially this week, is that when bad things happen it’s ok to laugh. When change happens or is forced on you, or when you feel like your living a “Lemony Snicket's A Series of Unfortunate Events” type week - just laugh. Laugh at how we always make out wandering deep into unknown territory or unfamiliar decisions way worse then they are. Laugh at how we over dramatize everything. After you laugh you feel lighter and ready to start chasing New Cheese. Moving away from keeping yourself hemmed in to a situation that you know is not ideal.
So pick it up give it a read. If you have read it is there anything that stayed with you, feel free to leave it in the comments below!
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