The Tree Analogy- (Thanks Tyler Perry)

September 11th, 2012

This afternoon I was reading through my Facebook feed and I saw that Tyler Perry had updated his status with what he calls the ‘Tree Analogy’.. It was something he’d talked about before (and I’d missed it), but since I’m a fan of Mr. Perry and generally feel blessed after reading what he has to say- I took the time to read.

Below is what he shared:

I have this tree analogy when I think of people in my life, be it friends, family, acquaintances, employees, co-workers, whomever…They are all placed inside what I call my tree test. It goes like this:

LEAF PEOPLE
Some people come into your life and they are like leaves on a tree. They are only there for a season. You can’t depend on them or count on them because they are weak and only there to give you shade. Like leaves, they are there to take what they need and as soon as it gets cold or a wind blows in your life they are gone. You can’t be angry at them, it’s just who they are.

BRANCH PEOPLE
There are some people who come into your life and they are like branches on a tree. They are stronger than leaves, but you have to be careful with them. They will stick around through most seasons, but if you go through a storm or two in your life it’s possible that you could lose them. Most times they break away when it’s tough. Although they are stronger than leaves, you have to test them out before you run out there and put all your weight on them. In most cases they can’t handle too much weight. But again, you can’t be mad with them, it’s just who they are.

ROOT PEOPLE
If you can find some people in your life who are like the roots of a tree then you have found something special. Like the roots of a tree, they are hard to find because they are not trying to be seen. Their only job is to hold you up and help you live a strong and healthy life. If you thrive, they are happy. They stay low key and don’t let the world know that they are there. And if you go through an awful storm they will hold you up. Their job is to hold you up, come what may, and to nourish you, feed you and water you.

Just as a tree has many limbs and many leaves, there are few roots. Look at your own life. How many leaves, branches and roots do you have? What are you in other people’s lives?

THANK GOD FOR YOUR ROOTS! You may want to call them today or share this message with them and attach your own note saying, “thanks for being my root”.

After reading this- I couldn’t help but think about my own ‘leaves, branches and roots’. Sure enough, just as Mr. Perry shared- there are very few roots- and they aren’t all about saying ‘look at me’ while standing up waving their arms back and forth in the air. They are the quiet strength and the ones that I know I can count on no matter what is happening in my life. Some roots have shown up in times of need as a complete (but welcome) surprise- and some that I thought were roots ‘blew away’ like a leaf at the sign of the first bit of trouble. Those are the ones that sting- but I’m a firm believer than when people show us who they are- we should believe them. (Thanks to Dr.Angelou for that great quote.)

So what are you to those people in your life? Are you always a root or does it depend on the person?

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