One day, not long ago, I received a random text from a friend which said, “So, every day they went to Cheese Station C, found no cheese, and returned home, carrying their worries and frustrations with them.”
I responded with, “I feel like I need more context.”
She asked if I had read Who Moved My Cheese? by Spencer Johnson, M.D.
I had not. I went out the next day in search of my cheese, or rather a book asking who moved my cheese. I found it and in less than two hours I had it read. It is a book that helps you look at change in your life differently. You can purchase it by clicking on the image below to help support this blog. As the cover says, it is “small and valuable.”
The cheese is both simple and complex. You could apply it to one or all areas of your life. It has been a few weeks since reading it and I am still thinking about my cheese. Really, my cheeses, because I believe there is more than one type of cheese. There is the type of cheese that gets moved and the type of cheese that gets old and stale and moldy. In other words, we have change that is forced upon us and change that we need to make on our own.
The need for change can come suddenly and visibly: a job loss, a job offer, a death. Other times the need for change takes some digging to uncover. In my previous post about Halloween, I discussed how I gradually got over my fear of the day. It didn’t happen overnight. It actually took years, but that change helped me recognize other changes that needed to happen.
I understand change is difficult and sometimes scary. Fear of the unknown causes us to stay in situations longer than we should. Perhaps we are staying at a job we don’t love because it pays the bills, or maybe we are in a relationship that is no longer healthy. It could also be that the change must be within ourselves. We need to change in order to be more successful at our job or relationship.
The first hard step is figuring out what needs to change. If that isn’t hard enough, you must then take steps to make the changes. You may not be successful at first, but the only way you will be successful is if you keep trying. Just being open to change makes you more successful than most.
Every person’s cheese is different and I am still searching for mine. What I know is that every step I take, every change I make brings me closer. I am a work in progress. It is scary, but exciting.