I’ve heard about this story a few times, watched videos and even attended a seminar at work while a big organisational change was happening but today, as I sit on my friends ever so comfortable bed, carefully reading this book. You know, pausing at the commas, and stopping at the dots. It’s clearer now, I actually understand it more now than I did 3 years ago. So I decided to do this, write about it. Maybe for you but I think I’m doing it more for me.?
So yeah, these are the things I’ve taken from this book and I hope this write up will always serve as a reminder for me to
“move with the cheese.“
“Life is no straight and easy corridor along which we travel free and unhampered, but a maze of passages, through which we must seek our way, lost and confused, now and again checked in a blind alley. But always, if we have faith, a door will open for us, not perhaps one that we ourselves would ever have thought of, but one that will ultimately prove good for us”
It’s a story about 4 characters Sniff (who sniffs out change early) Scurry (who scurries into action) Hem (who denies and resists change as he fears it will lead to something worse and Haw (who learns to adapt in time when he realises the change could lead to something better)
I’m almost positive everyone knows this story but just in case, here. If you’ll rather a video, here.
P.S. Cheese is a metaphor for what we want in life: a job, money, relationship, freedom, spiritual peace, health or even as little as an activity: swimming, jogging. we all have our own idea of what cheese is and we pursue it cos we believe it makes us happy.
So, they are basically all in a maze, looking for cheese and once they find it, Hem and Haw become comfortable and never imagine it coming to an end. On the other hand, Sniff and Scurry anticipated an end but they did not forget to be in the present and enjoy the journey. Eventually, the cheese finished. Sniff and Scurry moved on to find new cheese but Hem and Haw were devastated. They overthought, questioned and over analysed every detail. Time went by, maybe even years then Haw got fed up of waiting for the old cheese and decided to go find new cheese. Sadly, Hem never let go.
While Haw was trying to find new cheese, he wrote notes on the wall. He often pondered on the situation and tried to get himself to start somewhere. It is these writings I find useful:
- The more important your cheese is to you the more you want to hold on to it – Just like Haw and Hem, we often get too comfortable with the things (cheese) we have or acquired in life than once something goes wrong or we somehow lose it, It gets really difficult to let go. We unconsciously or consciously hold on to the past, analysing and replaying the situation for way too long.
- What would you do if you weren’t afraid?– If only I could tell myself this each time I get scared of the unknown. Most times, the fear we let build up in our mind is worse than the situation that actually exists. This way we become paralysed by our fears and I guess this is where “Doing It Afraid” comes to play. You know what’s interesting, sometimes, we are not even aware that we are afraid.
- Smell the cheese often so you know it is getting old – Sometimes all we need to do is pause, observe and reflect. Stay alert and trust our instincts. Maybe, if we could anticipate the change, it won’t be such a blow.
- Imagining yourself enjoying new cheese leads you to it – This has visualisation written over it! So Apt. The law of attraction maybe? or just plain faith. However way, it works! Oh Lord, it really does.
- The quicker you let go of new cheese, the sooner you find new cheese– Easier said, no lie. Often times, we think our old cheese is our only cheese. So we wait and we stall, and hope and pray, sometimes, all we need to do is let go. Sooner rather than later.
- Move with the cheese– Change happens, I know you know. We all know this, it’s inevitable. but we’re human, so we worry and we think or we pray and stand in faith. Even when we anticipate the change, it still doesn’t cushion the blow but there’s one think we shouldn’t forget. One thing I shouldn’t forget: To savor the adventure and enjoy the taste of new cheese. To trust what lays ahead because amidst it all when it does reveal itself, it’s never the way we imagined.
So yeah, which of the characters do you think you are?
Sniff- the one who can recognise change and adapt in time.
Scurry- The one who likes to get things done and take action.
Haw- The one who first doubts, but with time is able to adjust.
Hem- The one that gets too comfortable and is scared of change
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