With all the fear in the air, it’s easy to get paralyzed, confused, and apathetic. But, for leaders and winners, change implies, taking charge. And, those that take charge are noticed and rewarded! We have a choice; we can be swept up by change or we can learn to face it, embrace it, and manage it. We must be firm, yet flexible at the same time. Spencer Johnson’s #1 bestseller, ‘Who Moved My Cheese’ tackles this subject with humor and insight. If you haven’t read it already, you’ll want to read it. It inspires great thought and offers a wonderful perspective on how to deal with change. In it he uses four characters, Sniff and Scurry and Hem and Haw to represent the search for cheese in the maze of life.
The Cheese in the story is symbolic of whatever we spend our lives searching for to make us happy. The maze represents the search for our own particular cheese and the twists and turns in life we encounter defining our cheese, locating our cheese, enjoying our cheese, protecting our cheese, and preparing for when our cheese is moved. The characters Sniff and Scurry are represented as mice. Their lives are simple and uncomplicated. They search and find cheese using a trial and error method. They have a routine that works. They arise early, race to work, do what they need to do and enjoy the cheese they find. They always stay prepared, alert, and ready to make changes when they are necessary without over analyzing the situation. When the cheese moves, they move.
Stop Hemming and Haw-ing
Hem and Haw are Little People. Their lives are a bit more complicated. They wind up at the same place as the mice and enjoy the cheese for many years. They get complacent however and don’t plan for change. They don’t stay prepared. They don’t remain alert, and they have no contingency plans. They expect that the cheese they have found will always be there. They also expect that if it moves, they are entitled to be compensated. Even when it becomes obvious that the cheese is no longer there, they ignore blatant facts. All four characters however, each based on their vision, values, and virtues search for their own kind of cheese, define what cheese means to them, and handle change in their own way.
So, what are you searching for in life? What does that goal you’ve defined really mean to you? Changes will happen, if they haven’t already, stay tuned. If they have already happened and are making your goal more elusive, what are you doing about it? Are you hemming and haw-ing? Or are you facing change with faith and realizing that it’s time to sniff out a new plan, stop procrastinating, and scurry and find your happiness.