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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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  • Christopher Hoy Lebanon, PA

    Tyler, The lessons you bring out in your movies and the things you are talking about on this site, with the leafs and the roots, is all a perfect example of why I believe you are the perfect person to pitch my reality tv series to. It looks to make a difference in the lives of ordinary people. I would love for the chance to talk to you about it.

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    • Bruce Mubanga Zambia(kitwe) #1742163

      Chris, I agree with you and if you need a Zambian Actor you can consider me for your TV series! One luv!!!

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  • Lisa Y Rodriguez Chicago, IL

    Oh, and Happy Belated Birthday!!! Hope it was a wonderful day for you, you have earned it. God Bless.

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  • Lisa Y Rodriguez United States

    OMG! I was just talking about this in a different way. I was thinking to myself and speaking out loud to myself, that it is better to act by the kindness of your heart without expecting nothing in return, in the long way, God really knows your heart and the real reason of your actions. Some people just are there when they need you and that is it. I have always been a person to see the good in people instead of the bad. The good in their heart and give them the benefit of the doubt sometimes a peacemaker if you want to call it that. Life is too short to think of any kind of negativity. Thank you Tyler Perry for all your positivity, your comments and your wonderful wonderful movies that always remind me where I came from and kind of reminds me to keep myself grounded and the value of family and friends. God Bless you.

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  • satara williams MIAMI FLA

    HI, MR TYLER PERRY I'M THE ROOT THAT FLOW THOURGH TREE , SEE A I WORK LIKE CELL GIVE LOVE , RAIN, SUN , STORM, BUT GO TOP OF TREE SHOWER AND TALK TO GOD AND HE TELL ME WHAT THE TREE IS IN NEED OF THEN I BACK TO BOTTOM GIVE EVERYTHING THAT GOD SAYS. A LIVING ROSE.

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  • Amy Alexandria

    HAPPY Birthday to you...Happy Birthday to you Tyler...Happy Birthday to you....Success-Blessings...all year long. Love ya

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  • Charlotte Perry St. Petersburg, Fla

    Happy Birthday and many more to come and keep up with the wonderful job you doing. Be Breeze. Virgo for life me mines is 9/14th. Take care

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  • rukshana south afrıca

    Happy bırthday to u may ur day be fılled wıt love,joy happıness n may god grant u all ur heart desıres u da best all my luv mwahs :-)

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  • Judy Bahamas

    WOW! WOW! WOW! Tyler, I just read the article on What Kind of person are you. I am stealing that for my FB page. I am now having a headache because it's become appearent that i've had only leaves, and branches in my life and my prayer is that God will send some roots in my life if it's his will. After you've done all you can just stand, and that's all i can do Tyler this messege is really a reality check for me. WOW!

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  • Natasha Kansas City, MO

    A very hearty HAPPY BIRTHDAY! May God continue to bless you so that you may be a blessing to others. May He also bless you with many more years of good health, peace, prosperity (financial, spiritual, and emotional), and laughter.

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  • Rickey Arzu Dale City,Va 22193

    A very warm & happy birthday to you Tyler. Today is my birthday as well. Born September 13, 1959. HAVE A GREAT & TERRIFIC DAY...............................AND RECEIVE GOD'S CONTINUOS BLESSINGS

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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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