More often than I really care to admit, I’ll be sitting on my bed working and then realize I need something across the room. Forgetting to grab it in the first place isn’t what’s embarrassing. Rather, it’s the fact that I refuse to get out of bed to get what I need. Instead of swinging my feet off the bed and walking across the room, I’ll lie down on my stomach and reach as far as I can, teetering on the edge of the mattress. It’s even better when my roommate does it from a lofted bed. It would have taken half the effort and much less risk to just get out of bed in the first place.
Dr. Spencer Johnson wrote a book that addresses just this. Who Moved My Cheese? follows the tale of two mice and two small, people-like creatures who all live in a maze together, looking for Cheese which they believe will bring them happiness.
One day, they find a large store of Cheese and settle down, becoming comfortable where they are. And then suddenly the Cheese is gone. Sniff and Scurry, the mice, go in search of New Cheese right away. The mice are proactive, responding to the dwindling pantry by going out to look for a new food supply. Unlike the mice, Hem and Haw, the small people, resist the unanticipated change. Haw eventually realizes that change is needed and isn’t necessarily unjust, but Hem remains stuck in his old ways, becoming more and more intolerable as he refuses to accept and adapt to change.