Good morning guys!

Hope everyone is doing well today! I know it’s been awhile since I last posted something on the website. Things have been crazy this summer with work and music. I’m still diligently working on my new big ‘Theme and Variations’ piece and it’s coming together 🙂 . But I did want to share some insight from my personal experience and life.

I get asked a lot of questions like, ‘Bryan, why are you always so happy?’ or ‘B-Mo, how come you always have so much energy?’ Well, I say it definitely beats being angry or feeling sorry for myself. Have a gone through some hardships? Uh, obviously! Who hasn’t gone through some sort of trial in their life? It’s not that I haven’t gone through ‘a lot’ or everything has been easily laid out in front of me, it’s the way I choose to react to it or the way I choose to learn from it. Do we see these situations as tumbling blocks or stepping stones? Only we can make that decision individually.

I choose to learn from my experiences the best I can. And I’ll be the first to tell you, every situation is not as easy to find something positive as others. Some incidents you hope never happen to you in your lifetime. But there is ALWAYS a silver lining, you may have to look a little harder and ‘think outside the box’.

We’ve all heard the saying ‘Life is short’ over and over. And there is a ton of truth in those three short words. If you look at the big scheme of time, our life is literally a snap of the fingers or a exhalation of breath from the lungs. What do we choose to do with our little moment on earth? I choose to be someone that brings a joyous atmosphere to the lives of people around me. Or at least I try (I’m sure I drive some people crazy at the same time). I choose to be role model for people of all ages, young and old. I choose to have a strong will and strong passion for what I want to do with my life. I choose to count my blessings instead of my misfortunes because my blessings outweigh them by a long shot! I mean c’mon, an African American male from the South (Alabama) who graduated from Duke University?! That doesn’t happen on accident or just a coincidence. I am unbelievably thankful for the opportunities I’ve had in my life and the experiences (good and bad) I’ve encountered. It has helped shape who I am today.

One of my friends put on her status on facebook last night: “life is grand”. I like those three words better than the three I mentioned earlier! I think I could make a corny poem (Yep, it’s happenin’!)

 

“Life is Grand

Like playing in band

Holding their hand

by your loved one’s command

 

More should understand

Life’s short like a grassy strand

This gift, let us not unhand

But enjoy it like a child in sand”