One year ago, a friend from Spain told me about this book. I read it and I think at this instant more than 10 times :) It is a very nice, easy and inspirational book that help you go further when nothing gives you hopes to continue. It is a story on positive change. I want to recommend you this book as a Life Lesson. Here is also a nice animated movie from youtube .. or see the movie (en Espanol) at the end of this story.
Who Moved My Cheese by Spencer Johnson
this is a small book with a big message.
Who Moved My Cheese has only three sections.
The main story comes in section two where we meet the characters.
Two mice, named Sniff and Scurry, and two little people, named Hem and Haw, are in search of cheese.Cheese, of course, represents those things in your life that you count on to provide what you need, when you need it. Sniff and Scurry are mice and, as such, don't have much of a brain but rely on their basic survival instincts to find what they need in order to live. Hem and Haw are little people with brains. They have emotions, intellect and preconceived ideas like anyone reading this.
Each morning the four characters rise early and venture into the scary, dark maze of the unknown in search of cheese. The mice search together, and the little people search as a team. Sniff will lift his nose into the air trying to catch an aroma that will lead the way to what he and Scurry are seeking.
The mice, using their instincts, run down corridor after corridor. More than once they reach a dead end and have to go back. At the end of Corridor C they find a big Cheese Room with a plentiful supply of cheeses. Early each day they return to the Cheese Room and check all around before they settle beside the cheese and begin eating.
Hem and Haw are being truthful to their names; hemming and hawing around as they move down corridors and rationalizing about why their unable to find cheese, even taking second looks down the same fruitless corridors. But, eventually, they find the Cheese Room at the end of Corridor C. The little people are ecstatic and immediately begin filling themselves with their newfound fortune. Early morning finds Sniff and Scurry performing the same routine: racing down the maze to the end of Corridor C, checking the status of the cheese room, and enjoying the supply of cheese. Early morning finds Hem and Haw lingering in bed, taking longer showers and, eventually, walking through the maze to the cheese room where they kick back, relax and eat...eat...eat.
One morning, Sniff and Scurry, raced to the cheese room at the end of Corridor C and discovered the cheese was gone. They weren't really surprised because they had been checking the room each morning and had noticed that the supply was getting smaller.
Their instincts took control.
Out the door, sniffing the air, and racing out into the scary, dark maze in search of a new cheese supply. Later that day, Hem and Haw showed up at the cheese room.
They were horrified. "Who moved my cheese", shouted Hem, along with several other emotional outbursts. No one had the right to take his cheese.
Haw stood there in a daze, not really hearing all of Hem's rants and raves. He was dumbfounded that the cheese was gone.
What would he do now?
His little brain whirred with all manner of thoughts. Sadly, the two little people returned home, hungry.
The next day, Hem and Haw returned to the cheese room at the end of Corridor C. They rationalized: the cheese will return. Everything will be as it once was.
Day after day they returned, but the cheese never came back.
Far away and much deeper into the dark, scary maze, Sniff and Scurry found a NEW CHEESE ROOM with more cheese than they'd ever seen before. Back at the end of Corridor C, Haw began to have thoughts that something needed to be done. He and his friend were growing weak and very thin due to the lack of food. He suggested that the two of them probably should go back out into the scary, dark maze of the unknown and search for a new cheese supply.
Hem would not hear of it. That cheese had been his and whoever took it would bring it back; it was only right. The cheese would return. Everything would be like it once was.
Each morning Sniff and Scurry would race to the NEW cheese room, check all around, and enjoy the many different cheeses, many more than had been in the OLD cheese room. And, each day, the two little people returned to Corridor C. Each day found them thinner and weaker.
Haw made a decision. He would go out into the scary, dark maze of the unknown alone if Hem would not go with him. And he stepped out into the darkness, leaving his friend still waiting for the cheese to return.
Day after day, Haw would move through the maze of the unknown seeking a new supply of cheese. More than once he thought about returning to his friend at the end of Corridor C. More than once his thoughts bordered on despair as he grew thinner and weaker. Yet he plundered onward. His decision to change his way of thinking was rewarded when he stepped into the NEW CHEESE ROOM and found Sniff and Scurry.
Along his journey, Haw had left messages on the wall. He hoped Hem would follow, read the messages, and find his way.
"If you do not change, you can become extinct."
"What would you do if you weren't afraid?"
"Smell the cheese often so you will know when it is getting old."
"Movement in a new direction helps you find new cheese."
"When you move beyond your fear, you feel free."
"Imagining myself enjoying new cheese even before I find it, leads me to it."
The simple little story of Who Moved My Cheese can be a powerful one for anyone facing life changes. Life changes happen to everyone. It's how we deal with those changes that is important.
We can "sniff" the winds of change and "scurry" in a new direction, or we can "hem and haw" around in our misery mad at the world because "no one had the right to move my cheese."
Everyone faces challenges.
Be brave and learn from it something that could change your life. There is no philosophy in here...it´s only a way you can dare see LIFE. The way you see it is the way you live your life at this instant.
Nothing and never is too late for big or small changes ...
This book is for everyone ...
... this book can be for you too ...