Just finished reading, Who Moved My Cheese by Dr. Spencer Johnson. My curiosity in this book had risen, after I heard a member of one of the forums I frequent at, mention it repeatedly in a discussion.
So I decided to check it out, especially since it is such a small book (great for lazy people like me) and what I found was, the story itself is even smaller than the actual book and rest of it is actually just a discussion about it, by a group of people, who try to make sense for those, who don’t get it, just by reading the short, simple and at times, funny story.
The story is essentially about four characters, two mice and and two little human beings (same size as mice), who go out in a maze each day, in search for cheese, which in a way symbolizes happiness and prosperity for them.
One day eventually they find a large pile of cheese and the humans, decide to build their life around it, kind of what we normally do, when we find a job or some one we love.
By getting more and more comfortable with their lives, they stop paying attention to the diminishing cheese, till eventually one day, they discover, all of it is gone and feel their whole world has come to a standstill!
Now they have two options, sit there and fret over lost cheese or move on and find a new pile of cheese. This is where the real teachings of the story beings and reader is treated to some fantastic life lessons in a really nice and simple manner.
Of course at the end of the day, it is up to the reader, whether or not they see the “Handwriting on the Wall” and decide to take their learning with them or simply dismiss them as trivial.
Overall, it is quite a good self help book and although I do not really like reading self help books, I am glad that I did read Who Moved My Cheese and hopefully, this will help me think about stepping out of my comfort zone, which unfortunately, I have been developing a little too precariously.