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
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?
When you are seeking friendship or guidance - be aware of your lifetime,
your life will it be filled with the leave, branch and root people.
To grow and become the people we need to become, we need the seasons, we
need the leaves, we need the branches... don't just brush them away -
grow to understand what and why they're there in your life. Seek to
grow and learn from them.
To all my roots new and old... Thank You! For your support and for being
a part my seasons, leaves, branches and especially my roots. Thank you
for making me the person I am today.
THANK GOD FOR THE ROOTS!
Life is an echo. What you send out, comes back. What you sow, you reap.
What you give, you get. What you see in others, exists in you.
Ana & Andre Schoonbee
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