Cheese is wonderful in an of itself without it being a metaphor for anything else. Mozarella, cheddar, colby, monterey jack, brie, swiss, feta, parmesan...I could go on and on. I don't know that I've ever met a cheese that I didn't like, well...except maybe the bleu cheese variations...roquefort, gorgonzola, etc. Not really a fan of cheese that tastes or smells spoiled. I know, I know, those are 'aged' cheeses...I'll take my cheese young and fresh thank you very much.
But this post isn't about any of those kinds of cheeses. It's about Cheese (with a capital C) as a metaphor for all the things in life that make us feel happy and fulfilled. For some people its money and financial security, for others its family and close friends, for some its the satisfaction of loving their jobs or a job well done. Cheese in this sense can have as many forms as people who envision these things. No, I didn't come up with this all by myself, God I wish I had though. It's from an amazing book by Dr. Spencer Johnson, who unlike Dr. Phil really is a Dr. Here is a link to a page for more information about the book Who Moved My Cheese? if you are so inclined to check it out.
See, while Cheese is a metaphor for the things that make us happy, we have to realize that 'they' the Powers That Be (or PTBs as I like to call them) keep moving it. Whether it is getting downsized or relocated, or any of a number of other things, change happens. The quick takeaways are that you have to know that change is inevitable, you have to be ready and willing to adapt quickly so you can find more Cheese and enjoy it quickly. If you get stagnant and paralyzed by fear of the unknown you will quickly find yourself stuck in a negative and Cheeseless situation.
Yes, I know this all sounds ridiculous. But for a short, quick little read of a book it challenged many things that have always thought to be true and it made a huge difference in the way I see things. Before we moved to Idaho we were in a cheeseless situation and didn't even realize it. We had become so used to having no cheese that it became a way of life.
One of the first really challenging questions posed in the book, that caused me to pause and challenge myself was - "What would you do if you weren't afraid?" So I ask you all the same. What would YOU do?