Who moved my cheese? by: Dr. Spencer Johnson


Main Characters: mice; Sniff and scurry; two littlepeople Hem and Haw

You can finish this book in half day. This is a very simple story that can make you realize a lot of things that humans usually do when change happens. Unlike mice, humans dwell on the change for long.  Deny and cry over it, fear the unexpected (solutions) and wallow in the mire for a long time. Some move on and unfortunately for some, they get stucked.

Here are my favorite lines and excerpt from the book; (highlighted ones are those they emphasized and those they wrote on the walls)

Having Cheese makes you Happy.

The more important your cheese is to you, the more you want to hold on to it.

Haw said, "Sometimes, Hem, things change and they are never the same again. This looks like one of those times. That's life! Life moves on. And so should we."

If you Do not change you can become extinct.

What would you do if you weren't afraid?

Smell the cheese often so you know when its getting old.

Movement In a New direction helps you find new cheese.

"Haw looked down the passageway and was aware of his fear. What lay ahead? Was it empty? or worse, were there dangers lurking? He began to imagine all kind of frightening things that could happen to him. He was scaring himself to death.

Then he laughed at himself. He realized hs fears were making things worse. So he did what he would do if he weren't afraid. He moved in a new direction."

As he started running down the dark corridor he began to smile. Haw didn't realize it yet, but he was discovering what nourished his soul. He was letting go and trusting what lay ahead of him, even though he did not know exactly what it was.

To his surprise, Haw started to enjoy himself more and more. "Why do I feel so good?" he wondered. "I don't have any cheese and I don't know where II am going."

When you stop being afraid, You feel good!. 

Haw hadn't felt this way for a long time. He had almost forgotten how much fun it was to go for it.

Imagining yourself enjoying your new cheese leads you to it.

The quicker you let go of old cheese, the sooner you find new cheese.

It is safer to search in the aze, than remain in a cheeseless situation.

The fear that you let build up in you mind is worse than the situation that actually exists.

Old beliefs do not lead you to new cheese.

He knew that when you change what you believe, you change what you do.

When you see that you can find and enjoy new cheese, you change course.

In fact, he probably would have found it by now if he had expected change, rather than wasting time denying that the change had already taken place.

Noticing small changes early helps you adapt to the bigger changes that are to come.

Then he laughed and realized that he had started to change as soon as he learned to laugh at himsef and at what he had been doing wrong. He realized that the fastest way to change is to laugh at your own folly- then you can let go and quickly move on.

He knew he had learned something useful about moving on from his mice friends, Sniff and Scurry. They kept life simple. They didn't overanalyze or overcomplicate things. When the situation change and the cheese had been moved, they changed and moved with the cheese. He would remember that.

He knew that he needed to adapt faster,  for if you do not adapt in time, you might as well not adapt at all.

He had to admit that the biggest inhibitor to change lies within yourself and that nothing gets better until you change.

Perhaps more importantly, he realized that there is always new cheese out there whether you recognize it at the time, or not. And that you are rewarded with it when you go past your fear and enjoy the adventure.

Change happens and they keep moving the cheese

Anticipate change. get ready for the cheese to move

Monitor change smell the cheese often so you know when it is getting old

Adapt to change quickly the quicker you let go of old cheese, the sooner you can enjoy new cheese

Change. Move with the cheese.

Enjoy change! Savor the adventure and enjoy the taste of new cheese!

Be ready to change quickly and enjoy it again and again.they keep moving the cheese.

Move with the cheese and enjoy it!


About Miss_Pia

Neurotic Health-care Professional who enjoys sleeping, running, reading, introspecting, pole art and exploring new things and sometimes, places!
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