Flashback – 1984. Unknown artist Rockwell (biological son of famed Motown founder Barry Gordy) bursts onto the scene with his biggest (and possibly only known) hit single “Somebody’s Watching Me”. With noticeable background vocals provided by Motown label mate Michael Jackson, this song probably gained much more notoriety than it would have without the signature sound of the moonwalking King of Pop lending his characteristic crooning.
The songs’ lyrics are light and of course the catchy chorus provided by Michael is one that dotes in your head long after listening [Insert high-note “Wah-ching Meeeeeeeee”].
As self-absorbed as the message of this song might be taken it alludes to an important point. Someone is always watching you. No, not in a creepy ‘people under the stairs’ type way either. Everyone has a circle of influence – a niche, a reach, a population that they affect. Whether it’s your children, people at your job or the people you see at the gym regularly, you are making a footprint in the world.
Never underestimate the power that you have within your given surroundings. You don’t have to be a celebrity to make an effect on people and the way they experience life. Most people who are considered important credit their success to the early influence of some unknown person in their life – a relative, a teacher or even a bus driver.
Someone, young or old is watching you and your example. The impact that you have on them holds the potential to build or destroy pieces of their future. Take that power and be a builder. The building blocks of inspiration that you provide for someone could carve a legacy for yourself in the landscape of history.
We all must take responsibility for how we carry ourselves. When your are outside of your circle of influence your actions should not be any different with a stranger. If you can only be kind to people because you know them, or like them, then you are not a kind person. True kindness causes you to treat the cashier at the market the same way you would treat your own children or parents. Finding fault and distance in people who may not be on the same level or financial position as you is a display of small mindedness. If all people would treat others as gently as they would someone they loved it would break the barriers of distance and language that we create on a daily basis. Know this – a smile is multi-lingual.
As you go through the day, try to be more accountable for yourself and your actions. Someone is always watching you and you could be their inspiration or their intimidation. What if that person cracked, gave up or did something harmful to themself or someone else because of the way you treated them. Choose to use your influence for good, if not, the evil you do shall be returned to you in like manner.