We’ve a new starter at work (seems lovely) and during the whole ‘getting to know you’ chat she asked me ‘which mouse are you?’.
And then stared at me expectantly. Like it was a perfectly normal question.
From my entirely blank expression, she breifly explained that it was a book about decisions that you could read in a half hour then could change my – …and didn’t get much further due to work and all that.
The following day, I arrived in to find the above book on my desk with a note – ‘Read this and let me know which mouse you are!’
BLURB (from Amazon)
It is the amusing and enlightening story of four characters who live in a maze and look for cheese to nourish them and make them happy. Cheese is a metaphor for what you want to have in life, for example a good job, a loving relationship, money or possessions, health or spiritual peace of mind. The maze is where you look for what you want, perhaps the organisation you work in, or the family or community you live in. The problem is that the cheese keeps moving.
In the story, the characters are faced with unexpected change in their search for the cheese. One of them eventually deals with change successfully and writes what he has learned on the maze walls for you to discover. You’ll learn how to anticipate, adapt to and enjoy change and be ready to change quickly whenever you need to.
Discover the secret of the writing on the wall for yourself and enjoy less stress and more success in your work and life. Written for all ages, this story takes less than an hour to read, but its unique insights will last a lifetime.
This is a very quick read – a simple analogous story that focuses not on how you feel about any given decision, but on how you react to changes.
The Cheese is any desirable state – whether work or personal life – and in this story, it has been moved.
There are 4 characters – two mice – Sniffy and Scurry – and two little people – Hem and Haw. Each demonstrate an aspect of our decision making process and reaction to change. The mice are non-judgmental and adaptable and quickly seek out ‘new’ cheese. While the little people are more analytic – with their lives and personalities derived from ‘the cheese’ – therefore they react far more emotively and more slowly – if at all – to the event that has created a moment of change.
So which mouse am I? Well…as you might have guessed…I’m all of them!
In (aspects of) my work life, I tend to be the mice – sniff out change then make it happen, not tied down to any particular system or protocol.
In my personal life, however, I’m far more likely to Hem and Haw. I have been far slower to recognise that change is inevitable and that attempting to cling to old cheese rather than embracing a new way will only hold me back and hurt me.
While I completely appreciate that this story isn’t for everyone – and in a few cases will likely get people’s backs up – I am pleased to add this into my mental repertoire. Hopefully being aware of my own responses to change will allow me to navigate life and evaluate change a little more effectively.