Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Who Moved My Cheese?

I just finished reading the book "Who Moved My Cheese" by Spencer Johnson. It's just what I needed at this point in my life.

The characters in the book are Sniff and Scurry (two little mice) and Hem and Haw (two little people). The mice have simplistic minds, whereas, the little people have minds that are more complex (they are constantly over-analyzing everything). The characters are released in a maze and are expected to find their cheese.

The "cheese" in the story represents what we want in life and the "maze" is a metaphor for where we spend time looking for those things we want. There is certainly nothing wrong with spending time deciphering what we want and seeking direction, however, once we find it we become too settled with what we have and when change is imminent we resist. We don't want to change for one reason or another. Therefore, when our "cheese" moves we don't move with it.

The premise behind the book is we will lead a less than fulfilled or mediocre life when we resist change and opt for a cheeseless situation instead. The antidote for this resistance is to continually "sniff" out the possibilities of change and be ready when the circumstances arise to "scurry" to find our new cheese (rather than to be hemmed in by our situation and do nothing).

The author attributes much of our inactivity to fear. The book challenges us to think, "What would you do if you weren't afraid?" Fear can be a good thing if it prevents us from doing something that is harmful. However, if fear prevents us from doing anything we become imobilized and really no good for ourselves and others. When we ask ourselves what we would do if we weren't afraid it prompts us to look at the endless possiblitities God has for us and opens the door to a much better way of living.

I would encourage everyone to read this little book. It takes about an hour to read and though it is very simple it is truly life changing!

Blessings to you as you enjoy your new cheese :)


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