A great philosopher Heraclitus said it best: “Nothing endures but change.”
Change happens. It’s inevitable. It’s how we deal with change that can make a difference.
This is the moral of the popular book by Spencer Johnson, Who Moved My Cheese. The fable centers around four characters; two mice named Sniff and Scurry, and two little people named Hem and Haw. The four live in a maze, which represents our physical environment. Their goal is to look for cheese, representing life’s happiness and success. Each of the four characters eventually finds the cheese in the maze. But when the cheese disappears, they each deal with the change differently.
Sniff identified change early. He kept things simple and didn’t overanalyze. He was not easily surprised and was mentally prepared for anything. Scurry was an eager and quick mouse. He was flexible, mentally aware and accepting of change. Hem, on the other hand, preferred to stay in his comfort zone, ignoring the reality of the situation. He felt entitled and just trusted his needs would be met if he took the easiest path. Haw dealt with change differently than the others. This man was comfortable with the past, willing to learn from mistakes, laughed at himself, was quick to let go of old behaviors and aimed to be and do better.
The moral? “Whatever parts of us we choose to use, we all share something in common: a need to find our way in (and through) the maze to succeed in changing times.”
Once again, I am in the midst of change and looking for my next great adventure in this journey of life. Change teaches us to quickly adapt, encourages personal and professional growth, and certainly, to be flexible and open. Bring it on!