Leaves, Branches, Roots

People often say in times of need (or sorrow) you learn who your enemies and true friends are.

Well, they are absolutely right!!
The strange thing is that you don’t recognize them in happy times or the times when everything is normal.

I’m a HUGE fan of Madea and almost all Tyler Perry Movies. I would like to quote something from Tyler Perry’s newsletter because what that man wrote is really something that describes my situation at the moment. He once said that there are three kinds of people. These three are like leaves, branches, and roots of a tree.

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.
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.
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.

Halleluja, I do thank GOD for my roots. It’s only that you can be really confused when you get to know someone in the beginning. You don’t know whether that person is a leaf, a branch or a root.But I guess this is yet another definition of Life.

Do you know your leaves, branches, and roots? How do you deal with branches and leaves? Or are you a leaf or a branch?
If you liked this article, then do read this excellent post about how people suck. It gets better though, it has two parts. Read part 1 and 2. If you need a reason to laugh, check out this post!


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