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Change is inevitable – says the book “who moved my cheese” !

We as humans are seldom slaves to change. Change is inevitable and the only thing that is constant. It is how we react to change defines the kind of personality we have. I remember attending a workshop that was created around the famous book, “Who moved my cheese” ? This books discusses different reactions to change. It is surprising to see how we all believe that we adapt to change easily but we actually don’t! /* Style Definitions */ table.MsoNormalTable {mso-style-name:”Table Normal”; mso-tstyle-rowband-size:0; mso-tstyle-colband-size:0; mso-style-noshow:yes; mso-style-priority:99; mso-style-parent:””; mso-padding-alt:0in 5.4pt 0in 5.4pt; mso-para-margin-top:0in; mso-para-margin-right:0in; mso-para-margin-bottom:8.0pt; mso-para-margin-left:0in; line-height:107%; mso-pagination:widow-orphan; font-size:11.0pt; font-family:”Calibri”,sans-serif; mso-ascii-font-family:Calibri; mso-ascii-theme-font:minor-latin; mso-hansi-font-family:Calibri; mso-hansi-theme-font:minor-latin;} As an individual we are constantly working towards changing our current situation. We are working towards either moving from school to college or trying to get a better job. We are trying our best to inch towards a better career, better relationships and overall to become better humans. We are completely thrilled at the onset of something new and exciting but are we really happy always? Have we adapted well to that change, is the change something that we were looking for. In the book, the “cheese”, has been used as a metaphor to describe our various yearnings in life such as a career, relationship, money, health or  a spiritual healing. The “maze” is again a metaphor that describes the place where you look for what you desire. As human’s we think we are accustomed to change but ideally we are not. When someone tries to shake us out of comfort and complacent zones we become anxious and sometimes even furious. Our negative reactions arise out of not being able to foresee change. Due to the inability of twigging change, one begins to blame its surrounding rather than accepting change. These surroundings are not just places but even people in one’s close circuit. We often find people who embrace change easily very motivating. The book too has described the characters’ Sniff and Scurry who accept change and instantly begin working around it. However, hem and haw which imply indecisiveness find it difficult to clasp onto the change. We have often heard the saying, “look at the bigger picture” or “look for signs” and sometimes are even told, “the handwriting on the wall”. These sayings simply mean that one needs to realize and understand the impact of change and prepare oneself to deal with it. I attempted a few tests at the workshop which concluded that a part of me was still, “haw”. Over the years I have begun accepting change. I look for the learning in the change process which hasn’t been easy. The best thing is to think about the goals you have set for yourself and then question yourself, “how is the change going to impact my goal”? The story very aptly described people’s reactions and inhibition to change. The lessons from the book are meant to last you a lifetime. The book attempts to portray unfavorable or unfair changes in an optimistic or opportunistic way. Life is after all about listening closely to all those opportunities that knock on your door and sometimes you leave the door ajar for opportunity to simply walk in.

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