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I recall when I went to see the play, “Madea Goes to Jail.” I have always been a big fan of Tyler Perry and this was my first time attending one of his plays. To make a long story short, in the fourth or fifth scene, he stopped the play and began addressing the audience. He explained that something just came over him and he felt compelled to share some words of wisdom. He went on to say that there are three types of people in life that you will encounter. Those three types are leaves, branches and roots. The concept really sparked my interest, so I listened attentively.


He explained that there are individuals in your life that are leaves. These people really don’t serve a purpose in your life; in fact they blow in and out of your life like a leaf. I thought to myself, I can relate to that.

He went on to explain that the branches are the friends and family members who seem to always need something. They talk about how they care for you and how they will be there for you when you need them. Then when the time comes and you need their support, lose your job, get sick, have marital problems, encounter financial issues or get depressed, for some reason they are not there. The branches just break under pressure and leave you all alone.

Yes, your so-called friends and family members who claim they will support you through thick and thin have all deserted you. Don’t lose hope, because there is one other type of person that shouldn’t be overlooked, and those people are the roots, that are there for us, no matter what. These people may not be considered friends nor are they necessarily relatives. But whenever you find yourself in a bind, these people seem to be available to give you aid.


Some of us are fortunate enough to have families that are there for us, no matter what. However, family support is not guaranteed. You mess up and do something to dishonor the family name and you might want to purchase some insurance to protect yourself from your family’s scorn. In the bible there is a passage that says, “A friend will be closer than a brother.”

Your family may turn their back on you, but God and a true friend will never leave your side. See Psalm 27:10. KJV

Keep in mind that you only need two or three roots in your life. “Like a root to a tree, true friends keep you grounded.” These friends feed you with the nutrients of inspiration, motivation and they preserve you through all adversities.

I want you to keep in mind the three categories of people that I just discussed. Now I want you to think about what type of person you are. Are you a leaf, branch or root? Being without a companion may be lonely at times, but it may just be better than being involved in a negative relationship with a leaf and losing your appetite.

Author Profile

Drew L. Hinds, Jr. is a driven young man of Jamaican decent, whose inner being radiates passion and a deep level of insight. Drew operates as mentor, a songwriter, vocalist, freelance photographer, self-taught pianist. As an author he self published his debut book Don’t Spoil Your Appetite, Volume 1, Good Man For Sale ( a guide to women) ). He is also the editor, graphic designer and co-founder of Desk Ink Publishing. For his books, link up at http://www.amazon.com/Drew-L-Hinds/e/B007SP1OEG
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