“There is nothing permanent except change”
“Change” – the ever constant star in the horizon of our lives – is inevitable. Every one of us has a different approach to deal with this change. Some sit back, blame God and pity their luck; some simply despise the change and refuse to adapt to it. But there are others who are always ready and are quick on their feet to capitalize on the change.
If you’re one among those who have tried to cope up with unexpected changes in work, relationships and wish to handle these changes better, this book by Dr. Spencer Johnson is exactly what you need. What attracted me towards this book was its title. Also, the fact that it was a small book with only about 96 pages makes it irresistible for avid readers.
This book all about a small story narrated by Michael at a gathering of several schoolmates over lunch.
The story revolves primarily around four characters – two mice, Sniff and Scurry, and two little people named Hem and Haw, living in a maze and looking for cheese to nourish them and make them happy. Cheese is a metaphor for what one wants in life – a good job, healthy life, a loving relationship or money. And maze is where one looks for the cheese – workplace, family or community.
The mice with their simple brain and good instincts and the little people with their complex brains, filled with many beliefs and emotions, searched for cheese every day.
The mice displayed the same zeal and enthusiasm everyday while the little people awoke each day a little later, dressed a little slower and grew ignorant to the consequences once they found cheese.
The writings on the wall of the maze made by Haw makes one easily understand how change easily affects one’s life. The writings, with their simplicity and straightforward nature, are sure to bring a sunny smile on the lips of the reader.
- Having Cheese makes you happy.
- If you don’t change, you can become extinct.
- Smell the Cheese often so you know when it’s getting old.
- Movement in a new direction helps you find new Cheese.
- The quicker you let go of the old Cheese, the sooner you find the new Cheese.
- It is safer to search in the maze than remain in a Cheese less situation.
- Noticing small changes early helps you adapt to the bigger changes that are to come.
- Move with the Cheese and enjoy it.
This book revolutionizes one’s outlook towards change. Irrespective of age, gender and caste, this book is surely to help one and all. The beauty of this book, however, lies in the fact that explaining complex concepts of life in a lucid manner takes lot of effort, and this book has been a tremendous success in doing exactly that.