Who Moved My Cheese?

Have you read the book Who Moved My Cheese? It was released back in 1998 and stayed on the New York Times Best-Seller List for just about 5 years.

If you haven’t read it, the book describes change in one’s life through the eyes of two mice and two people searching for cheese  within a maze environment. The maze, to me, represents life. The book  was actually met with much criticism by opponents who viewed it  as a way for a  corporation to satiate  its employees during times of  re-structure.

Either way, book came to mind because I was out of the office the last few business days for health reasons and during that time my manager gave his two week notice. My cheese at “Cheese Station C” just got moved.

  • Am  I surprised? Not really.
  • Am  I anxious? I was for a minute.
  • Am  I  wondering what will happen next? Sure.

Life is fluid and the unexpected can happen at any time. I don’t know what this means for me or my department. Rather than focus on the “what if?” question, I decided to take an approach that will reduce the stress in my already busy life. I decided to…

  • Collaborate with the people internally as we navigate the change that has occurred in the midst of other company changes.
  • Think of it as an opportunity. Who knows what possibilities may come of it?
  • Focus on my next projects outside of work – a la writing and my volunteer work.
  • Practice  a  positive attitude. A little  will go a long way. Of course, I am working on this one  each and every  day.

Be ready for the next cheese move because there’s always one coming!





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