What do you love about emails?
Me? Well, I love getting personalized
male mail delivered right into my electronic mailbox. Of course, like most of you, I do get my share of spam mail, you know, the ones advertising Viagra and other, “oh come on, does anyone actually order from these places?” type email.
Despite all those garbage type emails, however, I do receive a few meaningful emails like the ones that tell me that you, dear readers, liked one of my posts or when I happen to find a personalized mail from the male gender. You know the day gets happier when you receive notes from the gender that grabs your attention. (I am guessing it is the simple force of nature at work.)
Anyway, my recent “happy” mail came from one of my favorite celebrities. See if you can guess who this mystery person is.
My mysterious celebrity is a tall male American actor, 6 feet 5 inches, he occasionally performs in drag; is a director, screenwriter, and author who has written many stage plays and to top it all off, is a songwriter.
If you guessed this celebrity as Tyler Perry, you so guessed right!
I get emails from Tyler Perry!!!
Of course, you can too, but please, for the moment, leave me to the dream that the email in my box is only between Mr. Perry and me.
I tell you, if you ever receive an email from Mr. Perry, you would think he was like your best friend. First, he always addresses your email by your name and second, as a best friend would do, he writes on things that should matter to you in life.
For example, probably one of you reading this post may have gotten this same email from Mr. Perry. As you read it, you would think, like I have, that you are the only thing that matters in Mr. Perry’s world and how he lovingly implores you to search out exactly “what kind of person you are” in the sphere of life.
Check it out:
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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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(Did you see that? He said he loved me!!!) Okay, I probably never will meet in this lifetime , Mr. Perry, ever, but receiving his thought-filled emails every so often makes me feel so darn important and I hope it is whipping me into a better person. Specifically, from this email, I hope I am (becoming) a root, and not just a leaf or branch, in your blogosphere world.
In any case, let me just end by saying to all of you faithful readers, “thanks for being my root.”
This week’s Weekly Writing Challenge: Mail It In | The Daily Post at WordPress.com really was a challenge…who knew one could actually send a post from your email!?!