Who moved my cheese?….(2/04/2012)


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Who moved my cheese?….(2/04/2012)

Is there something you’re still holding on to?
Is it time to let it go?

My youngest son and I read a business fable called, ‘Who moved my Cheese?’ It was a story depicting four main mice characters living off of a large cheese wedge they find in a giant maze where they make their home.

One day, some unseen force moves it and the tale progresses by showing how each one reacts to this major life change. Two of the characters take this sudden life change in stride and begin the hunt for new cheese, venturing off into the maze to seek out new sustenance.

The other two characters don’t take it so well. They dwell in abject misery for awhile, rail against the heavens, complain, wonder ‘why me?’, and finally one of them makes a life altering decision to enter the maze and start the hunt for new cheese because sitting down waiting to die is no life at all. The remaining mouse refuses to budge because he feels he is owed something for a lifetime of doing things the same way and will not change.

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Last week, I read that Eastman Kodak, in business for over 131 years, declared bankruptcy, owing creditors in excess of more than $658 million. The camera company that was a mainstay in the lives of so many generations had their cheese moved and refused to enter the game to bolster their product and look for a better way of running their company. As a result, smaller, more determined rivals jumped head first into the digital age and gained the upper hand that by all rights should have belonged to the century old business.

Eastman Kodak didn’t see the writing on the wall until it was too late. Now, playing the catch up game only helped push them into debt and then bankruptcy. They held on too long. That’s not always a good thing.

People seem to have an innate desire to stick to their ways even when it fails to serve them. Then we cry out about the unfairness of life and the woes that befall us. Hoping for a change of luck, a celestial bone, an answered prayer….but maybe, just maybe, if we looked for change within ourselves, we would break the cycle of redundancy and move forward with our lives. There is nothing that says we must hang on for dear life to that which is no longer working.

The question for the day: What are you holding onto that no longer serves you and when will you let it go?