This is so brilliant that I had to share this advice on friendship from Madea (aka Tyler Perry). Madea is a character developed by Perry based on his mother and aunt and from watching Eddie Murphy perform. One of Madea’s comedy bits is about understanding relationships. Using the analogy of a trees, “Madea” says that some people are like leaves, some are like the branches on a tree and, then there are those friends who are our roots. Read this: Madea shares how to understand relationships.
Most people are like leaves.
When the wind blows they go to one side of the tree and then the wind blows the other way they are on the other side. They are totally unstable. All they do is take from the tree and only give shade. When the seasons change they wither and fall off the tree. But don’t be angry with them; this is who they are. God put them in your life just for a season.
Some people are like branches on the tree but watch out for them.
They make you think they are your friends but the minute you step out, they break and leave you.
Oh, but God bless those folks who are the roots.
But find two or three people who are your roots. They are there to help you live and give stability to your life. A tree may have one thousand branches but just a few roots. Hold on to these people.
The lesson is to be able to let people and relationships go.
And learn how to be alone and first love yourself. Learn to be peaceful. With your later years, you should learn to be at peace with yourself and others. Get rid of the dysfunction and let people go who continue to create drama and dysfunction in your life.
Although I am a funny speaker who shares inspiration and motivational programs, this advice is so important for a living balanced life. This is a topic I share in my book, “Bury Me with My Pearls.” “Bury Me With My Pearls” I think a life well lived is grounded with balance from Biblical truths along with a keen sense of humor.