Embrace Challenges

Who Moved My Cheese – Embracing Challenges to Bring Joy

Good morning, for a lot of you right now, it might be kind of a frustrating morning because now your whole schedule is chaotic. And how did it go chaotic? Your children are home for the summer and now comes new challenges.

Ahhhhhh!

who moved my cheese
A great book to embrace change.

There’s a book I absolutely love. It’s called, “Who Moved My Cheese.” This book is amazing because it fits so perfectly right now. The whole concept is illustrating how we have these mazes that we have to get through to discover what’s going to work best for you. Some of the paths we go down, we hit dead ends, and we have to keep traveling and trying to discover the routine or trail that’s going to work best.

If you’re a mouse and you figured out how to get to your cheese, you go the same route every time and you get used to this same routine.

Getting Used to Challenges

For the last nine months, you’ve gotten used to your regular routine, thoughts and patterns of what’s going to happen next.

For example, you’ve gotten used to when you wake up, you do these specific things. You get set in these routines that help you to start the day and perform the best way you can. Well, then all this sudden you go to pick up your cheese or go to do your routine you can’t. It’s gone! Somebody moved.

Girl in graduation gown, referencing school is out.
School’s out and routine no longer works 🙁

Nobody physically moved anything. Its school is out and what you used to do every morning now has shifted. Instead of being free at seven o’clock or six o’clock or whenever your kids wouldn’t go to school, instead of being free, you have this whole new maze that is now set up because your children are home from school and it’s not what you’re used to.

Now you have to go through this process of trying to find your cheese, and see what works. You’ll discover ways that don’t work, and you realize you can’t go that way. You start to look for another path to find something that will work during the summer.

Challenge of Change Takes Time to Accept

This process takes some time, but if you take it easy, you will figure it out. You’ll discover where your cheese is located and what’s going to work. New opportunities are present to learn how you are going to start your morning? Your morning may begin with your children jumping in bed and saying, good morning. I love you so much. Don’t fear the differences which are created as you discover new paths. Don’t fear the concept of your cheese being moved. It’s just different. Embrace it.

These new opportunities can be exciting opportunities to grow closer to your family, to grow closer to your children. These are new exciting opportunities if you allow them to be. These opportunities are continually happening because soon school will start back up and you may think you can go back to your old cheese but it might not be there. Your previous plans may not necessarily work like you thought they would, and a whole new maze of challenges shows up.

You may have to take a child to school earlier, or they have a specialty class? Whatever the scenario, maybe, your cheese will always get moved.

Change Brings Different Challenges and Opportunities

You will be moving around and through different challenges and opportunities throughout your life. Learn to embrace your journey, to discover the cheese (new opportunities), to discover that new life, the unique challenges, that new exciting path.

As you do this, you’re going to find joy in the journey; the process, and the discovery. You’re going to realize that there’s cheese all over that you haven’t even realized exists yet because you’re so used to doing the same thing over and over again. As things get interrupted, that’s when you start breaking new barriers and discovering there’s cheese everywhere and that there are new kinds of cheeses.

There’s a lot of cheese out there as you face your challenges with excitement.

Sticking with the analogy of moving the cheese, in your journey, you’ll discover there are new kinds of cheese like provolone, pepper Jack, Cheddar, Mozzarella, there are a lot of different kinds of cheese.

Some Cheese (Change) You’ll Love; Some You Will Not

You’ll taste some cheese, or go a path and think,

“that was Yucky. I don’t want to eat that again.”

And then you’ll go to some others and really like them and want to keep going back and eat more of it or doing that thing again and again.

Therefore, the concept of change is a concept to implement in your life. You’ll have cheese that you taste or something that you thought was going to work, and it just ends up tasting bad and not working.

After tasting the cheese and implementing the new routine, you’ll realize you do not like it? You do not want that cheese. That cheese or new path was awful, painful, and did not work. Now you know you don’t like that path (blue cheese). You realize you don’t like Blue Cheese but love, Pepper Jack. With this discovery, you can put more energy into what you love.

In summary, whatever kind of cheese or path you choose to try, don’t fear it, there are all kinds of different opportunities (cheese) out there that you haven’t even tasted yet that will open up new exciting journeys. The more you do this, the more you become the person you really can be. There’s so much more of you to give to the world and your family. You are amazing, believe it!

Tony Rhoton – Life Coach, Mentor and Speaker in Utah

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