In this story, the cheese is a metaphor that represents what you want in your life. It could be your dream job, an ideal relationship, wealth, health or spiritual. There are 4 characters-Sniff, Scurry, Hem and Haw. Many of you may have read about this story and some of you may not. If you’re one of the people who have not read it yet, I recommend getting this book from your local bookstore.
A little background of the story:
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
Haw- who learns to adapt when he sees changing can lead to better opportunities.
When you met your old schoolmates for reunion, most often you will talk about how things have changed over times. And how you often thought of returning back to the old days when you were still in the school. Most of the people did not want to change when things have changed. That’s because of the fear that lies in us. The cheese may have different definition to each of us. For some it would be having a lovely family and for others maybe being success at their dream job.
Sometimes our human beliefs and emotions took over and clouded the way we look at things. It made life to become more challenging and difficult. When we stayed in our comfort zone too long, we became fearful and becomes denial to adapt to the changes. We get frustrated and point finger to others over the circumstances and see ourselves as the victim.
Most people are fearful of change because they don’t believe they have any control over how or when it happens to them. We prefer to stay in our comfort zone because we believe that is the best spot and it’s safe to remain there. We started to imagine how things could get worse if we stepped out from our comfort zone.
I am sure at one point everyone may have experience the same situation as Hem who believes that he will get the cheese by keep on looking at the same place. He believed that there are no other cheese is better than the old cheese. He kept on thinking and believed that there was no cheese out there that is better than the old cheese.
Change happens. There’s nothing you can do about it. Your best bet it to try and adapt to that change. You might be scared to try something new and that’s ok, just do you best. If you don’t roll with the changes, you’ll only hurt yourself. You’ll just live in denial and never see that the grass really is greener on the other side.
There’s always a new cheese out there, whether you recognize it at the time or not. And that you are rewarded with it when you go beyond your fear and enjoy the adventure. You yourself are the limiting factor for greater achievement and benefits and no one else. Instead whenever we feel discouraged, we need to imagine that how things could get better if we adapt to the changes. Fear is good because it can put you away from potential dangers. But it is not good when you are so afraid that it keeps you from doing nothing.
Nobody knows what lies ahead of us. Think of in this way ‘What Would You Do If You Weren’t Afraid?” Think about how good it feels when you’re ready to adapt to the changes and move on. Because when you stop being afraid, you feel good! Start on embracing the changes and enjoy the fruits of change. You have a right to not only ask Who Moved Your Cheese, but to say “GIVE ME BACK MY GODDAMNED CHEESE!”