Throughout life’s journey, there is no doubt that we go through obstacles and challenges. Some, we know exactly how to tackle and other times we find ourselves stuck! But are we really stuck because we don’t know what to do? Or are we stagnant because we don’t want to be pushed out of our comfort zone and be introduced to change? In this book, “Who Moved My Cheese (by Dr. Spencer Johnson),” there are four main characters, Sniff, Scurry, Hem and Haw. These characters represent the simple and complex challenges we face daily. But do you know who you really are or which character you relate to most?
I encourage you to read the book and/or watch the video. But in the event that you don’t here is a breakdown of each character.
Sniff-Sniffs out change early. He’s very aware of what is going on daily
Scurry-Scurries into action quickly without over thinking,
Hem-Is afraid of the unknown, so he avoids change because he thinks it will never get better.
Haw-Learns to adapt over a period of time when there is proven success that he knows can lead to better opportunities.
Do any of these characters remind you of yourself? One, thing for certain is we all will experience change at one time or another throughout our life. But it doesn’t have to be a negative experience. It’s solely up to you and how you choose to look at it. For me, I remember back in 2009-10 the economy took a turn for the worse and went into recession. At the time I was a considered a government employee, working for the one of the county hospital. Now if you know anything about government positions, then you know your position and salary is dependent on what budget the city has for that year. Well, when the recession hit the economy, my employer was combining positions and lowering pay. So i only had two options presented to me. Either take the severance package or stay and work longer hours taking a pay-cut. I remember talking to my dad about what was going on. I was nervous and didn’t know what to expect because I never experienced anything like this before in my life. This was my first job out of college, I was paying my own bills and I knew that I had a guaranteed check twice month that would hit my account. I even thought I was lucky because I was one of the few out of my friends that actually had a career in my field. Then my dad said, “you’ve been there long enough. It’s time for you to do something that you really want to do and not just work.” So I took the severance package and left.
When I decided to change careers, it was scary. I knew absolutley nothing about the fashion industry beyond having my common sense of what looked good together. But I knew God would direct my path because I had a desire to learn and it sparked my interest. And that was enough for me to start. Now I’m not going to act like everything has been super easy along the way. But I would not know what God truly had in store for me, had I not decided to make a change and jump. The point of this book and sharing my personal story is to encourage you. Don’t wait until you’ve been laid off to be forced to make a change. Be aware of what’s going on around you. Do something different that you have dreamed of doing while the choice is yours and not because someone made the choice for you! Be Encouraged!
P.S. If you want to make God laugh, tell Him your plans.
Jeremiah 29:11 For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the Lord, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end.
2 Corinthians 9:8 And God is able to make all grace abound toward you; that ye, always having all sufficiency in all things, may abound to every good work: