A past boss of mine gave me some good advice on the life changes that occured in 2009/10. At the time, she told me, “Embrace life like a 4 year old”. Basically, the premise was that I was getting to start life all over again; I had blank pages in my book of life that I could write whatever I wanted on. It was good advice that I still go back to today. Whenever I have a moment of feeling down or being stressed, I try to remember that I get to write my life however I want it.
With that advice, I was handed the book “Who Moved my Cheese?” by Spencer Johnson M.D. ; a very small, simplistic book on trying to change. “Cheese” is a metaphor for what you want to have in life – whether it is a good job, a loving relationship, money, a possession, health, or spiritual peace of mind. And “The Maze” is where you look for what you want – the organization you work in, or the family or community you live in.
The idea is that routine and never challenging the status quo will eventually get you nowhere, or left with no cheese. Unless you are willing to venture out or challenge yourself, you’ll never find new cheese that could lead your life in a fantastic direction.
Reading the book helped me to understand that change is good and not something to fear. Many of us get caught up in the comfort and security of our surroundings and are never willing to make adjustments. I made many changes in my life, and because of those changes I’m closer to where I want to be.