Somebody’s Watching

In Inspiration, Motivation by Cliff Green14 Comments

In this age of Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and whatever other social mediums we are using these days; everybody wants you to subscribe to or follow them. But, my question to everyone is, “What are you doing that is so special that I or anyone else should tag along for the ride?” Are you being productive and helping to build meaning within peoples’ lives? Or do you just want everyone to know where you are and what possessions you have? No matter what you are doing, whether it is putting pictures on the web (If you are doing that, believe me somebody’s watching, but that’s another topic to be written about) or simply walking down the street, somebody’s watching!

Here in D.C. we have a metro train that will take you in four directions within the city: Northeast, Northwest, Southeast and Southwest. I live in Southeast D.C., Congress Heights to be exact, which is off of the green line. The Congress Heights metro station has five escalators and one set of steps. There are one hundred and six steps total. I know this because I have counted them. I take the steps instead of the escalator. I also run these steps for a good cardio/ leg workout.

One day as I was leaving the station and taking my usual climb up the steps, I made it about one flight up and then I heard a lady say, “Oh, so you’re going to take the steps too?” I looked back and to my surprise I saw a young bull running up the steps behind me. He was watching me and wanted to hit the steps himself. In my mind, I thought, “WORD!” So I continued my climb, while constantly shouting words of encouragement to him. As we arrived to the top, he was out of breath; he was huffing and puffing. But I shook his hand and introduced myself to him as Mr. Cliff (Yeah, I know I’m considered a mister these days. I’m old right.) Then, I told him how well of a job he had just done. I asked him his name, which was Machiavelli. I also asked him if he noticed how his hard work and dedication lead him to the top (a life metaphor/ lesson). He continued to huff and puff all while looking so happy like he just accomplished a goal that he had set out years ago, in which he may have. He was watching me do something that he really may have wanted to do for years, but other people may have discouraged him. I waited for his mother to get the top and then I told her how strong her son was.

From this one encounter, Machiavelli might choose the steps every day for the rest of his life now. A choice that could lead him to be stronger than his peers. A choice that if he chooses to play a sport, he’ll be running, thinking and maneuvering faster than his counterparts. A choice that will increase his health and in doing so, will also increase his lifespan. The choice he made that day, will surely affect his tomorrow.

This kid unknowingly inspired me to keep doing what I am doing. He didn’t know that I walk or run those steps, not solely for personal benefit, but to also hopefully encourage others to do the same. He didn’t know that he gave me hope for the future and that if I continue to be positive, that positivity will eventually spread to someone else. When you see a ray of light in a world full of darkness, it really pushes you forward with the hope that a better day will come.

I don’t write these things with the hopes that you, the reader become a follower of me. I pray that you become a leader. I pray that I have planted a seed of inspiration and courage within you to dare to be different. I mean to really be different. Try being untrendy. Go in the opposite direction of the crowd. It will be a struggle to get to the other side when you’re weaving through people; being pushed and pulled in every other direction. But when you do get to the other side, you will be in a lane all to yourself. Just know that somebody saw you going in the right direction. The people who saw you and have the balls to not fill the status quo, will actually turn around and go in the direction you have traveled. That’s what real leaders do and you my friend have just become one.

Again I ask, “If I or anyone else were to be watching you, where would you lead us?”

Let me know by leaving a comment below. Thanks for reading and continue to shine bright for the world to see.


  1. After reading this, I definitely do not encourage enough as I should nor does the community. Seeing that we live in a trendy society, I hope to believe encouraging others will be a domino effect to the community, because there are alot of lost people in this world bro

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      Brotha Remy, I pray that the positive encouragement does spread throughout the community like a wild fire. Along with prayer, is the work that has to be put in. Let’s move! Peace King!

  2. I’m not perfect, BUT, I try to lead by example. Especially to my 16-year old and 6-year old. I try to install good habits and morals in them. True, there are many other influences that they follow (peers, t.v. and movies, the streets), but if you build a good foundation and show them the positive way, they’ll most likely know which path to follow. PEACE, brother Cliff!!!

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      Duke you are doing exactly what a king should do; building a foundation within the home. The home is where it all starts. When you show your kids the way early in life, they’ll more than likely go the right way later on. Peace King!

  3. Positivity motivation encouragement self-determination knowing your purpose in life following dreams and never giving up!
    These are the things that come to my mind as i smile as the reader and reading your words of strength and dedication! Helping non believers to believe! Weak minds craving the feed! Questioning the the quotes the pics the selfie when you should be questioning your self asking is this really me?
    I love this reading bro. We as a people need to stand together embrace eachother and grow strong together. Never give up! When negative energy begins to feed do you help fill it up? Do you smile and like; or do you make a difference?

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      My big sis, what’s up love bucket? Your comment alone can be a post in itself. I pray someone reads it and gains some valuable knowledge and insight. We as people need question our true motives and intent in this life. I’ll never give up and I know you won’t either. I love you! Let’s put in work.

  4. Nice motivational makes you question, are you stepping in the right direction; to be a positive role model is what we need more of now days.

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      Sime, What up brotha? That’s the question that we should ask ourselves daily. Do I live my life to be a positive role model to others?

  5. I fully agree with tequillia,the youth is definitely learning from these reality shows. Yes it’s reality but it’s not actuality. I think we as adults need to do more of what you did here cliff and show them appreciation and love. Just that little conversation you gave him and the approval from a man definitely made some type of impact in his day or maybe even life. Again I think you cliff for yet another great,information and uplifting article. Keep pushing these out and strive for greatness.

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      Thanks Pickle I mean Jason LOL! We will continue to strive for greatness and in doing so, others will believe that they can do the same. Definitely more to come brotha!

  6. Usually people follow what’s around them and could lead to positive or negative energy to the world. This is a prime example that each and everyone of us have the power to change the world at any moment. We all have ONE life to live. So why wouldn’t you live to the best of your abilities? Thanks for a good read Mr. Cliff.

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      Thanks Rob for dropping that jewel. I think that most people do not understand their unlimited potential. We must teach them that their potential and abilities are infinite.

  7. I agree.
    This generation has no concept of the meaning of work ethic. Everybody looking for the next come up but not willing to work that minimum wage job until they come up. From my observation, they base their lives off the lives of reality television stars and athletes and then try to emulate their life styles. ‘How you fresh when you barely making it?’ We gotta be smart, and get educated. Start saving, get some goals, who cares who follows.

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      Tequillia, we definitely need to change the image of which they dictate their lives from. We must unstill work ethic and morals into our family structures and pray that our kids do the same.

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