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Who moved my cheese?!

I think it was very timely that Arjay bought a new book for me last week. One, because I haven’t been reading a lot of books (note: haven’t been reading a lot = 0 books) for, don’t be shocked, almost two years! And two, his book choice, Spencer Johnson’s Who Moved My Cheese? is the perfect getting-back-into-the-habit-of-reading book for me because it talks about a topic that hits me to the core.

Who Moved My Cheese? is a book about dealing with change in your work and in life. It is written in the style of a parable with four characters: two mice named Sniff and Scurry and two “littlepeople” named Hem and Haw. The four characters represent people’s typical reactions when a change happens in one’s life.

I love how the book relays a very simple message, but leaves a huge impact. My favorite part in the book was when I came upon this question:

Who Moved My Cheese?

WHAT WOULD YOU DO IF YOU WEREN’T AFRAID?

Gosh, what a question! It made me pause from reading and reflect. What would I do if I weren’t afraid? A lot of things!

Last year, I remember talking to A about enrolling in a computer/design course in UP or Ateneo. I never enrolled because I was afraid I couldn’t handle working, homemaking, two toddlers AND studying. But, there was more behind not being able to handle everything — and that was the fear of failing in one or more aspects of my life because I was getting into too many things.

I was afraid of being judged, too. I didn’t want other people to think I wasted my four years in Ateneo as a European Studies student only to take another course years after graduating. I was afraid that my parents might shake their heads in disappointment because they spent their money on a course I wouldn’t use.

What could have happened if I weren’t afraid and just enrolled? I could have finished my first year by now. I could have been practicing what I learned already. I could have been doing something I love and enjoy.

I have a long list of should have, would have, could haves if I didn’t let fear of judgment and failure get to me. But there’s no point in crying over spilled milk, right?

Who Moved My Cheese? reminded me that although it’s totally fine to hem and haw for a while when we are struck by a sudden change, the most important thing is to learn from what happened and take action.

Here’s a short animated film based on the book:

The film summarizes the message of the book, but I highly recommend that you read it page-per-page to get the full experience. The book is no more than PHP300 at National Bookstore. 🙂

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18 Comments

  • Reply peachkins

    I love reading books before but lost interest because of too many aspects of mommy life that’s keeping me busy. I think it’s also time I get back on track.

    January 27, 2014 at 6:07 PM
  • Reply lally

    I also love reading. I will check this book too…thanks for sharing sis..♥♥♥

    January 27, 2014 at 2:10 PM
  • Reply Janice Lim

    I love reading but I have to admit that this is one book I haven’t read yet. However, I’ve seen it in the bookstores since forever and have always been interested in it. That question you posted is indeed intriguing. It made me think too. Haha! I’m definitely adding this one to my book list. 🙂

    January 26, 2014 at 10:57 PM
  • Reply emiliana

    I used to be a bookworm. Reading this gave me an inspiration to start reading again. Thanks!

    January 26, 2014 at 8:55 PM
  • Reply mitchryan

    It is better to sit back, relax, and assess the whole situation before plunging into a decision. You might bite off more than you can chew.

    January 26, 2014 at 4:48 PM
  • Reply May De Jesus-Palacpac

    I am getting this book! Thanks for sharing.

    January 26, 2014 at 2:03 PM
  • Reply RyChelle Juadom

    Fear could be good in some ways because it prevents us from going overboard. It becomes a some sort of social or moral meter. But it shouldn’t hinder us from achieving/striving at anything in life.

    January 25, 2014 at 6:19 PM
    • Reply Kim Reyes

      The key is balance. We can’t be too scared to take action and we can’t be too daring to just do anything without thinking about it. Thanks for commenting!

      January 26, 2014 at 5:40 PM
  • Reply Roxi | Mr. Jacob's Mom

    Ay nako, I can relate! You know, it’s been two consecutive years that every September, I am thinking whether I should enroll to Dental school (I have a family of dentists and doctors — I’m the only one who’s not!). Every darn year! So many “should have” and “what ifs” but I’ve learned to let them go and accept that I don’t have to force myself into doing something just for money. 😉

    January 25, 2014 at 10:14 AM
  • Reply Kai Seashell

    Been hearing this for ages, but never really got around buying it. Thanks for the reminder! 🙂

    January 24, 2014 at 12:26 PM
  • Reply Camille Aguila

    It made me think too. What would I do if I weren’t afraid? I’m thinking, a lot!

    My last book was about some sexy and steamy action scenes of Mr. Grey. I bet it didn’t help me in anything. Haha! I’ll go look for this one too. 😀

    January 24, 2014 at 1:04 AM
  • Reply Theseller Frank

    I am not used to read books, but this one really encourage me to look for that book, not for me but for my wife. Thanks for this review. Keep blogging!

    January 23, 2014 at 3:39 PM
  • Reply Mall Sale Lover (@MallSaleLover)

    Would love to have a copy of this book. I’ll check it out when we get to nbs 🙂

    January 22, 2014 at 1:24 PM
  • Reply Patty

    I’ve been wanting to read this book but I have yet to get my hands on a copy. I love to read, but I enjoy fiction more than self-help, inspirational, motivational and non-fiction titles. Part of my reading challenge for 2014 is to add more titles like this one to my list. 🙂

    January 22, 2014 at 9:35 AM
  • Reply Rikx Knows Best

    “What would you do if you weren’t afraid?”
    This question haunted me for years now. I was too afraid of rejection and unsolicited comments from people who often times misunderstood your purpose. Glad to know I’m not the only one. There’s nothing wrong in trying other things until you find what’s best for you, diba?

    I’ll definitely let my kiddo read this in the future!

    January 21, 2014 at 1:29 PM
  • Reply Sally Yu

    I have read this long time ago but it was good that you reminded us about this again. I appreciated the lesson better after having watched this animated film version of the book. I can relate to it and I’m guilty about me so afraid of change. I always stayed in my comfort zone and have been so unproductive for the longest time. I really wanted to overcome my fear and face the unknown. Question: If you plan to face a change, would you first prepare for your Plan B or proceed and just jump directly to what you wanted to do?

    January 20, 2014 at 8:35 PM
    • Reply Kim Reyes

      I think the best thing to do is to evaluate all possible actions and their consequences. Once you figure out what you think is best for you, then that’s when you can work towards change. There will be some who are like Haw, who would take a while before jumping into something new. There are others who are like Sniff and Scurry who are always on the lookout for change; hence they are almost always ahead of the game. It depends on you on how you will react.

      January 21, 2014 at 8:38 AM
  • Reply Denise Rayala

    Uy, bluetooth tayo K! I’m back to my books, too. Will look for this when I visit NBS. ♡

    January 19, 2014 at 3:12 AM
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