Kathleen Daniels has an ActiveRain Contest this month titled "Book Review | August 2021 ActiveRain Contest". I don't read much, but what I do read needs to be short and capture my attention quickly. "Who Moved My Cheese?" by Spencer Johnson, M.D. is such a book. For some of you this may be a familiar title. It is a book many sales people have read, and if they haven't they should.
"Who Moved My Cheese" is about four characters Sniff & Scurry and Hem & Haw. Sniff & Scurry are two little mice, not to smart, but rely on their senses to survive. Hem & Haw are two special little people who are no bigger than the mice, but have very complex brains that enable them to analyze everything.
All four lived in a Maze in which there was all sorts of cheese stored. The four of them found a part of the maze that had so much cheese that it seemed it would never run out. All four settled in to a very comfortable daily routine, getting up in the morning and going to were their pile of cheese was. It was just expected that it would always be there, and they were set for life. That was until one morning when they got up and went to eat some of their cheese and it was all gone.
Now Sniff & Scurry the not so smart mice who relied on their instinct, had been noticing the huge pile of cheese had been slowly disappearing, and figured they would have to find a new pile of cheese soon. But Hem & Haw with their complex brains, who had just taken for granted the cheese would always be there, had not. So when each pair arrived that morning and noticed there was no more cheese, Sniff & Scurry moved on quickly to find a new supply of cheese, they explored new parts of the maze until they found a new supply. But Hem & Haw did not, they just sat around complaining their cheese was gone. They were unprepared for what had been slowly happening, and were unwilling to explore and find new cheese.
I am going to stop here in my recap of the book, and let you pick up a copy of it for yourself if you are interested in finding out what the outcome for the four of them. But I do want to take advantage of the opportunity Kathleen Daniels has provided me with with her ActiveRain contest this month, and tie this story in with the times many of us are going through right now.
Now is not the time to relax and assume business is going to continue like this. That the phone is going to keep ringing and all we have to do is pick it up. Now is the time to be looking for ways to keep the phone ringing and keep the source of our "cheese" fresh. Now is the time to make sure we make time to do the things which caused the phone to ring in the first place. If we don't, we like Sniff & Scurry, and Hem & Haw, will get up one morning and wonder where has our cheese gone.
The question is when that day comes, will we be prepared like Sniff & Scurry to move on and find a new source of cheese, or will we be like Hem & Haw and not know what to do, and just sit around complaining about it?