A famous quote from Spencer Johnson used in his international bestseller “Who Moved My Cheese” tells us the importance of bringing about the change in and around us.
We as human beings enjoy the most being within our comfort zone. We always want things to remain the same. The sense of certainty gives us a strange pleasure. On the other hand any kind of changes brings along fear and anxiety. That is the prime reason why we resist any major changes coming our way. We always think we can get away with it. And when the situations turn unfavorable, instead of accepting the change we enter the denial mood and start blaming things in and around us.
But we forget that if there is no change there is no improvement as well. The sameness may be enjoyable for a while but after a point of time it becomes monotonous. It stagnate our life and challenges the mere purpose of our existence in this world.
On the other hand, change brings about a new dimension to our life. Not all changes seem positive and healthy at the beginning but as we move ahead they offer us new opportunities to grow and flourish. The new challenges that it brings in front of us show us a new direction. If only we trust ourselves and move ahead, a simple change can bring out the best in us.
In the book, Hem undergoes the denial mode and isn’t ready to accept the absence of cheese. Even after a lot of persuasion by Haw, he fails to look at the new situation and the possibility of something better lying ahead of it. Whereas Haw overcomes his fear and moves on to find a new Cheese station full of cheese.
Even Darwin’s theory of evolution points out this fact. The theory of survival of the fittest states that the individuals who best adapt to the environment are the ones who will most likely survive. They possess variations that give that give them a selective advantage.
Similarly the sooner a person accepts the change, the better are his chances to take the advantage of it. Just like Darwin said once,
“It is not the strongest of the species that survives, or the most intelligent that survives. It is the one that is the most adaptable to change.”