Once, long ago in a land far away, there lived four little characters who ran through a mazelooking for cheese to nourish them and make them happy.
Two were mice named ‘‘Sniff‘‘ and ‘‘Scurry‘‘ and two were little people -- beings who were assmall as mice but who looked and acted a lot like people today. Their names were "Hem" and"Haw".
Due to their small size, it would be easy not to notice what the four of them were doing. But ifyou looked closely enough, you could discover the most amazing things!
Every day, the mice and the little people spent time in the Maze looking for their own specialcheese.The mice, Sniff and Scurry, possessing only simple rodent brains, but good instincts,searched for the hard nibbling cheese they liked, as mice often do.
The two little people, Hem and Haw, used their brains, filled with many beliefs and emotions, tosearch for a very different kind of Cheese -- with a capital C -- which they believed would makethem feel happy and successful.
As different as the mice and little people were, they shared something in common. Everymorning, they each put on their jogging suits and running shoes, left their little homes, andraced out into the Maze looking for their favorite cheese.
The Maze was a labyrinth of corridors and chambers, some containing delicious cheese. Butthere were also dark corners and blind alleys leading nowhere. It was an easy place for anyoneto get lost.
However, for those who found their way, the Maze held secrets that let them enjoy a better life.
The mice, Sniff and Scurry, used a simple trial-and-error method of finding cheese. They randown one corridor and, if it proved empty, they turned and ran down another. Theyremembered the corridors that held no cheese and quickly went into new areas.
Sniff would smell out the general direction of the cheese, using his great nose, and Scurrywould race ahead. They got lost, as you might expect, went off in the wrong direction and oftenbumped into walls. But after a while, they found their way.
Like the mice, the two little people, Hem and Haw, also used their ability to think and learnfrom their past experiences. However, they relied on their complex brains to develop moresophisticated methods of finding Cheese.
Sometimes they did well, but at other times their powerful human beliefs and emotions tookover and clouded the way they looked at things. It made life in the Maze more complicatedand challenging.
Nonetheless, Sniff; Scurry, Hem and Haw all discovered, in their own way, what they werelooking for. They each found their own kind of cheese one day at the end of one of the corridorsin Cheese Station C.
Every morning after that, the mice and the little people dressed in their running gear andheaded over to Cheese Station C. It wasn‘t long before they each established their ownroutine.
Sniff and Scurry continued to wake early every day and race through the Maze, alwaysfollowing the same route.
When they arrived at their destination, the mice took off their running shoes, tied themtogether and hung them around their necks-so they could get to them quickly whenever theyneeded them again. Then they enjoyed the cheese.
In the beginning, Hem and Haw also raced toward Cheese Station C every morning to enjoy thetasty new morsels that awaited them.
But after a while, a different routine set in for the little people.
Hem and Haw awoke each day a little later, dressed a little slower, and walked to CheeseStation C. After all, they knew where the Cheese was now and how to get there.
They had no idea where the Cheese came from, or who put it there. They just assumed itwould be there.