Be a star in real life

In Inspiration, Knowledge, Motivation, Truth, Wisdom by Cliff Green13 Comments

Shine as bright as the Northern star. Give people directions without saying a word. Lead by example.

Before I begin, I would like to send all of the love in the world to my baby sister, Victoria! Today is her birthday! I am wishing her a gazillion more joyful, happy, fun and love-filled birthdays! I love you!

The other day I went over to the field around the corner from my house to go work out. When I got there I set up some cones, hurdles, a ladder, a parachute and a few other workout items. After about ten minutes of going in, some kids came out of the school for what looked to be their recess. (Oh! The good old days!) About 15 to 20 young teenagers came over to the field with a football to play catch.

When they got to the field I noticed that they were all looking at me. I also noticed that in a lot of their eyes and demeanor that they wanted to join me and I would’ve let them, if a teacher had come around. To me it is creepy for a grown man to converse with children that he doesn’t know. That’s why I would’ve have liked for a teacher to come over and look me in the eyes and read my being. As I type this I am realizing that I should’ve went over and found a teacher. Ughhh! I’m learning as I go.

One of them finally bid up the nerve to ask me if I played football. I told him that I didn’t and that I liked to workout for my health and that it’s fun. Then I kept going in. As I was finishing up and stretching, I noticed that some of them were seriously imitating me and my stretch positions. As I said before, life imitates art and I was painting a picture of black excellence.

This quick and not to well put together story was written just to say, “Be that example!” You can empower people just by doing things that are out of the ordinary. The kids may have seen professional athletes do cone and hurdle exercises on TV but they may have never seen someone do them in real life. I may have lit something in those kids minds to always be extraordinary and to never stay inside of the box that was made for them. Give the kids something to strive to. Go be a star in real life!


  1. What a great story Cliff! I would like to add that you also did it just by being you. A lot of times we think we have to do something super extravagant to impact change, when really all we have to do is be ourselves.

  2. Thank You For Sharing Such A Wonderful Post King. Happy Belated To Your Sister, And A Quote: “The only responsibility that a man cannot evade in this life is the one he thinks of least, his personal influence.”

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      Thank you for stopping by and for the birthday wishes! I’m glad that you enjoyed this post. I like really like that quote. At this point in my life I am trying to be aware of EVERYTHING that I do and say so that I don’t inluence anybody in the wrong way. Thanks for leaving that gem!

  3. I thought this was a great story. The quality of words in the little space got me right to the point. Your baby sister is the future, happy bday.

  4. A light went off in my head once you made the observation that the school kids were starting imitate you. The light is to be,do,strive for our kids sometimes saying how to succeed goes over their heads but showing them is a true inspiration, and as I think back on my childhood I can think of a lot of great individuals who inspired me by just “doing.” Great Work!

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      That’s so true! I sometimes reminisce on all of the great people who entered my life and made me into the person I am today. I am trying to be that example to the generation behind me. Thank you myyalia for stopping by and tuning in!

  5. Good piece! I feel you – I don’t like how we now have a society where everyone is a potential predator. We can’t even engage in genuine interaction with strangers without being suspected of potential wrongdoings. You made the right call, though. Definitely learn as you go!

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      Thank you brother. Neither do I! I really hate it. The love that was once between us is now gone. Now somehow, everyone thinks that everyone else is out to get them. Thanks for stopping by and dropping a jewel. The love is appreciated and reciprocated.

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