Harlem NYC vocalist C. Anthony Bryant at Native Son Now event.

Be Grateful

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C. Anthony Bryant at Native Son show in NYC. Photo by Ricky Day Studio.
Photo By Ricky Day Studio

So I’m moving about my apartment this morning and I find myself in a space of gratitude. Not the typical type of gratitude where I’m just thankful for things that are going on and everything, but I find myself in this moment thankful that I am not yet where I am going. Isn’t that odd? I am thankful that I am not yet where I am going. Let me explain:

When I was in college, I had a professor, Dr. David Morrow. He used to say something to us, he used to say: “As long as you are in school, you can be wrong. As long as you are in school it is expected that you are learning, and so, you have the grace to be wrong.” I recognize that although I am–you know–I do okay for what I do, and I am very good at what I do, I am still extended a grace at certain levels; you are still extended a grace. And that’s necessary for many of us! I think about it like this: you can’t go to the nations, you can’t go to the world if you can’t yet control your facial expressions. You can’t go to the world if you can’t control your mouth; there are certain rooms you can’t sit in yet. Ain’t that something?

Right now, be grateful for the place that you are in. Be grateful for where you are. Know that as long as there is life, you still have the opportunity to go further. As long as there is breath in your body you can still do more (and you will), but be patient. Be patient. Because every room is not a forgiving room. Every space is not a forgiving space. While you are still in spaces that are forgiving, and while you are still growing and still learning, be grateful for the spaces that are forgiving.

That’s pretty much it. I love everybody. And I’m just grateful because I know where I’m going, but I thank God I’m where I am.

I love y’all!

Photo Credit: Ricky Day Studio

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