Kim Dixon, BA, MSc, CPS (F) FAMILIES Peer Specialist (&Co.) Area Manager
I originally printed this cover story in the fall of 2010 – and if you are reading it for the second time – then congratulations – you are successfully following the cheese. If you are reading this story for the first time – keep “sniffing.”
I received a copy of “Who Moved My Cheese?” in 2002 from the Northern Health Director of MHAS at the time, Elizabeth Tovey. In view of the changes happening both within Northern Health and the BC Schizophrenia Society this past year I am reminded – again – that “change happens” because they keep moving the cheese and we can view it as a crisis – or as an opportunity. Spencer Johnson (1998) describes how we act when the cheese is moved through his mice characters “sniff”, “scurry”, “hem,” and “haw.” He suggests we are a combination of each character because sometimes we can “sniff” out the change early and “scurry” into action. At other times we deny and resist change by “hemming” because we fear change will lead to something worse, but eventually we can learn to adapt as change can lead to something better – “haw.”
As I find myself chasing cheese I thought I would explore pairing possibilities. Typically, we read articles on the pairing of wine and cheese. But, according to the “all you need is cheese” website we can pair cheese with fruit and vegetables to produce many surprising and tasty combinations. I like a toasted cheddar cheese sandwich with a dollop of marmalade (yes this constitutes a fruit).
Spencer Johnson (1998) describes how we act when the cheese is moved through his mice characters “sniff”, “scurry”, “hem,” and “haw.” He suggests we are a combination of each character…
If we are able to keep our conversation open to infinite possibilities then “sniffing” and “scurrying” after change can produce surprising combinations. The Prince George Mental Health & Addictions Advisory Committee (MHAAC) “sniffed” the possibility of a Family Involvement in Mental Health policy in early 2014 and today Northern Health is “scurrying” after the possibility of a much broader Family Involvement in Patient Care policy for the entire north.
EnJOY some cheese – and pairing possibilities.
Who Moved My Cheese? An Amazing Way to Deal with Change in Your Work & in Your Life by Spencer Johnson, M.D. 1998