What kind of person are you?
You look in the mirror many times a day, you know your basic likes and dislikes… perhaps you even know how you’ll react in certain situations. But that’s just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to self-knowledge.
Knowing your true self – what kind of person you REALLY are – can save you time, trouble and heartache in life by giving you realistic self-expectations. This will keep you from setting yourself up for failure and disappointment, teach you the types of people and situations you shouldn’t waste too much time on, and much more.
The analogy of a tree by Tyler Perry, describes or depicts what kind of a person one might and/or what kind of a person are you to the next person.
The analogy goes like this:
“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:
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. 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.
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Until next week Tuesday, bye-bye for now.
Tshepo Ishmael Phetoane
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