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What Kind of Person Are You?

I said this in a play once as Madea... LOL. But I thought I'd revisit it as Tyler for those of you who may not have heard it :-)

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".

By the way, don't waste your time sending this to a leaf, they won't get it anyway.

Love you,

Tyler

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  • crystal Snellville, Ga

    Happy birthday Mr. Tyler Perry and hope you have many more to come

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  • Tory Ohio

    My god I woke up this morning and started thinking about my how my ONLY sister called my daughter selfish for wanting to go away to school. I had to relocate a couple of months ago because the center I was working in shut down. I'm soo proud of my daughter for being soo determine to continue with her plans to attend school in Michigan. My sister and I have had a rocky relationship since childhood... And for the life of me I have never been able to get her to tell me why all these years shes been soo angry with me. But now that she's starting to treat my daughter like crap... I now understand like u said people are just people. It's truly time for me to stop wondering what's wrong with her and move onto the next chapter of my life without her. It's really sad because I really love my sister and what's even sadder is that she's my daughters only aunt and my daughter would love to have a normal relationship with her . It's a reason why I woke up to your Powerful message this morning !!! Thank u soo much Tyler...

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  • Jennifer Smith Pembroke Pines, Florida

    Tyler, It's your Birthday! It's your Birthday! Happy, Happy Birthday to you. You look good, you look fine. Happy, Happy Birthday to you! Enjoy your Birthday Weekend and Celebration. Jennifer, Detour Project

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  • SimoniaMeChelle Memphis Tn.

    Awesome message, I dreamed i was a Root in your life, Thank God i have been a Root to many, but I have more leaves than I care to remember. God is so Amazing we never know what wind he is going to send to change the tide. . .being in the background aint such a bad place to be, most good writers are!! Thanks Tyler xoxo dude! Sincerely Simmy

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  • mandy phoenix az

    I would like to share this on Facebook but I'm not seeing a button for that.... ?? Great analogy!

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  • Donah Knowles jamaica, new york

    AMEN!

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  • Jerome Charlotte NC

    What up Tyler I have a lot of leaves in my life but no roots. I like the way you put that. I think its time to clean up the leaves and lay down the roots. I thank God for your insight and inspiration. Thanks Jerome

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  • MRS.PROPHETESS QUEEN GETUSFREE WEST ORLANDO

    HI, TYLER IT IS ALWAYS A PLEASURE TO HEAR FROM YOU AND I ENJOY YOUR RECAP OF MADEA WORDS, VERY ENCOURAGING AT A TIME SUCH AS THIS IN MY LIFE! IT REMIND ME TO BE THANKFUL FOR THE ROOT IN LIFE WHICH IS IN+++ CHRIST JESUS+++FIRST AND ALL THE SPECIAL ROOT THAT+++HE+++HAS SENT TO ME! THANK YOU ALWAYS YOUR COUSIN IN+++JESUS+++NAME I DO PRAY!AMAN +++GOD+++Daughter+MRS QUEEN PROPHETESS BETHANY GETUSFREE+LOL!

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  • Cindy B Hawaii

    Wow.... Powerful stuff!

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  • Mary T (Well said)

    Tyler so true. Another thing, haing leaves or branches in your life will keep you humble, and Very Thankful You Have Those Roots There In The Mist Of Life Storms. GOD (Root, Keeper, Saviour, King, Friend, Faithful, Everlasting and the list go on and on............. :) CAN YOU STAND THE RAIN. WE CAN. LOVE YOU BACK>>>>>>>>>> HOW ARE YOU DOING TYLER FOR REAL. JUST KNOW THAT YOU ARE NOT ALONE, BY NO MEANS WE ARE HERE, AND MOST OF ALL THE FATHER ( GOD) WILL ALWAYS BE. NOW YOU GO HAVE YOURSELF AN AWESOME WONDERFUL GOD BLESS DAY. I MEAN IT!!!!!!!!!

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  • Kahlil White Leesburg,Florda

    Thank you Mr.Perry i needed this!

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  • Jennifer Smith Pembroke Pines, Florida

    Tyler, thank you for your wisdom of inspiration. Gratefully received. Jennifer, Detour Project

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