• Cheryl

Balcony People

Updated: May 18, 2019

“The great thing about balcony people is that memory allows them to keep their seats in the balcony of our lives, even if we are separated from them physically.”

Steven Layne 10-9-15

remembering life's 'balcony people'
remembering life's 'balcony people'


Several years ago, I came across an article about a person who had made a list of thirty people that he wanted to meet, among them were famous people and rich people and high-profile people. Throughout his life, he did have the chance to meet them all and had expressed his disappointment after meeting them. He shared in the article that he was talking with God about this and God’s response was, “You made the wrong list. Make another list, number it to 30 and leave the all blank. I will fill in the list by the people I want in your life.” He then shared that those people he met did not leave him disappointed!


Then I heard the concept of a balcony person and those two together prompted me to reflect on my life in the prior years to see who was placed in my life. Who is in my balcony? Who has been in my balcony? Who will be in my balcony in the next seasons of my life? Who are those people and what are the purposes they’ve served in my life?


As I reflected, I was quickly overwhelmed with how quickly I could list those people who have been placed there. It opened my heart and filled it with joy. It was miraculous and beautiful!

I do have a favorite balcony person, without a doubt. In case you were wondering how you know? Let me list the ways I know he has had a front row seat in the balcony for almost 20 years:


  • I have known him for 19 years and our friendship has been through the raising of my kids as a single mom.

  • Hours and hours of phone conversations and discussions about education and teachers

  • We have watched his kids get married and have their own children.

  • He has counseled and coached me.

  • He has been very blunt with advice, even when I didn’t want to hear it.

  • He encouraged me on days when it was so hard I didn’t think I could do it.

  • He supported me professionally.

  • He encouraged my boys.

  • He offers a different perspective in every situation.

  • He laughs.

  • He keeps chivalry alive by walking on the outside of the sidewalk.

  • He gets seasons of life.

  • He walks down memory lane, realistically.

  • He welcomes my challenges of him.

  • He gives me the good, back and ugly glimpses into the future.

  • He reminds me that self-care is critical to a single person.

  • He prays for me and my kids.

  • He is not pretentious.

  • He is humble and faith and stands very strong on principles, even if they are not popular

  • He challenges my brain.


I then ask myself; for whose balcony have I been chosen? Have I served well? Am I prepared to be a great balcony person like my favorite one?


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