by Pamela Taylor-Barnett
Author: Spencer Johnson
Publisher: Penguin Group
First published: 1998
‘Bite off more than you can chew, and chew like crazy! Love, Rodney. 2002’.
This is inscribed in a small book titled ‘Who moved my cheese?’ that my big brother gave me for Christmas in 2002. And how very apt his originality continues to be.
Not being one for ‘these-self-helpy-books’, I was initially sceptical about this book. However, at a comfortable 94 small pages on a quiet Boxing Day, I was curious enough to set that aside. I really encourage you to read about Sniff and Scuffy (two mice) and Hem and Haw (little people). Cheese is a metaphor for what you want to have in life and each of us has our own idea of cheese. Let’s face it – to some people that delicious blue vein is just a stinky pile of mould – unappealing to every one of our senses.
Sniff, Scuffy, Hem and Haw have actually all discovered their cheese, and are enjoying it. The lovely story that this book shares is what happens when their cheese gets moved (eeek! Or squeeeak as the case may be!).
In a time-poor world, give yourself the short hour to read this little story and see what you gain from it. There are even a few animated you tube clips about now. Whether your cheese was completing university and is now somewhere else; or was an area of practice that has gone mouldy for you, this little story suggests some clues to deal with change in your work and life.
I need to constantly work on remembering where and when to ‘chew like crazy’ and this little book sits on my shelf always.