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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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  • Audrey Macon, GA

    Hi Tyler, You have another fantastic hit on your hands. This movie that is coming in October will be certainly something to go see. I saw your comments in your play and I know that I am a root. I never knew it until now. When my friends, even my family members have problems they always call on me for my opinion or advice. I am not judgemental, nor a gossip. They tell me this all the time and I thank GOD for the gift that he has given me to spread joy all around. When I see your movies, I get the message from the very beginning which let me know that you are a root too. I haven't met you in person yet, but I would really like to have a chat with you if we ever met. Thanks for your uplifting messages that you bring through comedy. We all need a laugh to break this crazy cycle that we are living in.

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  • Sherrie Spencer Portland Oregon

    Hi Tyler, for years even as a little girl Ive always been the Root. I tend to draw people close quickly either work, home, in a grocery store, church even on a daily walk. I find myself helping build lives up when theyve been broken. I thank God Im able to work for him. I have to pull back at times Ive learned over the years because a Root will die back in its not fed or nourished. I found when i needed the Root I had nothing but leaves and branches surrounding me LOL. I realized we all have different gifts but at the end of the day I want the Master/King of Kings to nourish my Roots and keep me in the time of need.

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  • Gloria Alston United States

    This was emailed to me by someone who said I am a root in her life, and she is a root in mine as well. It reminds me of "Reason, Season or Lifetime", and I am thankful that I can identify the leaves, branches and roots in my life. Thank you Tyler!

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  • calinda wright springfield

    hello tyler i think god for real people like you i love all your movies and plays i have read your story i been where you been i use to live on skid row for 15 years i dont any more thats a blessing from god i want to know how to wright a book about my whole life story i need help can you have a some one call me i have a good story its about what i been through h*** and back and what i am going through now have a bless day teyler from calinda wright

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  • JC344 MI

    I thank God Tyler Perry, for my 3 girls, all are grown now. The oldest a RN Nurse, my middle girl graduated College with a history major. My youngest girl goes to Western MI. I am so proud. I was a single mom and I did it. Now I am 50 and I have no clue what I am going to do. I work as a greeter because I am disable. I feel as though I didn't accomplish a thing for me now since I am becoming older. The world has changed with the modern technology, and my skills are not that great. I hate the fact that people think when you have a lower income you want it to be that way. My only good talent in life was raising my three girls, and I think I did good. I am not saying I didn't make mistakes, because parenting don't come with a book. I always put my girls first and myself last. I don't even think that you will read this but I wanted to share. You made me laugh when I was at my lowest and Thank-you!!!

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  • Christine Ferrera California

    I enjoyed reading and thinking who fits each part. However, I look at my life an see what a treat it is and has been to be the Root for my husband and three great young men. This is one values of Social Media to read and learn from people one may never get the opportunity to have a conversation . I appreciate and thank you for sharing. Christine Ferrera - California

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  • Mildred Peoria, IL

    I am a stump...the roots are there but no leaves or branches are growing.

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  • Rev. Edna B. Simpson Teaneck, NJ 07666-C0rrection of address)

    KUDOS C O N G R A T U L A T I O N S ON YOUR 43RD BIRTHDAY. Something for me to remember; it is the same year I came into the USA BLESSINGS IN THE BOND OF CALVARY, EBS

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  • Rev. Edna B. Simpson Teaneck, NJ 07666-C0rrection of address

    "Let God arise, Let His enemies be scattered..." (Psalm 68:1)--- Great thought for your days ahead. EBS

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  • Rev. Edna B. Simpson Teneck, NJ 07666

    Mr. Tyler: This is a continuation of my earlier comment: "Sometimes this person dies or walks away. Sometimes their behavior forces you to take a stand. What we must realize, is our need has been met, our desire fulfilled; their work is done. The prayer you prayed have answered, and now is the time to move forward. The SEASON person is just as your BRANCH person, and Don't you know the real LIFETIME persons, they come to stay through thick or thin...' Blessings, EBS

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  • Rev. Edna B. Simpson Teneck, NJ 07666

    Hello Mr. Tyler: Greetings. I like your leaf, branch and root comment. I have one that has been a guide and a microscope for me: Some people are in your life for a reason, or a season and some for a life time: If you know which one it is, you will know what to do for that person. For the REASON: it is usually to meet a need you have expressed. They come to assist you through a difficulty, to provide you guidance and support, to aid you physically, emotionally or spiritually. They may seem like a Godsend and they are. They are there for the reason you have expressed. Then, without any wrongdoing on your part or at an inconvenient time, this person will say or do something to bring this relationship to an end.

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  • George Koshy Bangalore,India

    Thank God for the Roots. Also thank God for those leaves and branches.

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