Friday, April 1, 2011

My Cheese Is Moved!

For the past few days I have been reading a book called, "Who Moved My Cheese" by Spencer Johnson.

It's a book about two mice, Sniff and Scurry and two humans who are as small as mice name, Hem and Haw. They live in a Maze and everyday they go to the Cheese Station C to eat their daily cheese. Overtime the cheese gets smaller and smaller. The mice begin to pickup on this and they start to prepare for change. Where as the small humans haven't really notice the change and have not prepared for the change. One day they all arrive at Cheese Station C and their is no cheese so the mice Sniff and Scurry go out in search of new cheese while the Hem and Haw pout and say how unfair it was that cheese is gone. Haw decides that he can't wait for change to come to him he has to go looking for it. He says "It's Maze Time!" and goes looking for new cheese. As he searches every now and then he finds new cheese and through out his journey he writes different quotes on the walls. As for what happens to the dear friends you'll have to read the book.

While I was reading the book I found these roles/personalities of the mice and small humans

Sniff= Will sniff out new changes and will easily adapt to change.

Scurry= Will go into action at the site of change. He also likes to get things done, but also needs to be monitored so that he doesn't go off in the wronge direction. They value action and results.

Haw= Will stay put for awhile but realized he need to change. Cheese meant feeling safe, change to him needs to make sense. He is quote with saying, "It's Maze Time!"

Hem= Stays put until he is ready to change. They are to afraid to change or are to comfortable to change.

I do however want to share some of the quotes that stuck out to me through out the book that Haw wrote on the wall.

"Imagining myself enjoying new cheese, even before I find it."

"Smell the Cheese often so you know when it is getting old."

"What would you do if you were not afraid?"

"If you do not change, you can become extinct."

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

"The quicker you late go of old cheese the sooner you find new cheese."

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

"Movement in a new direction helps you find new cheese."