Do Thanksgiving every day
Jason’s blog posted
on December 1st, 2010
at 10:38 a.m.
6 hours from Nashville, 33 ½ years since birth. Final destination: California, year 2977. I’m not attached to being a thousand years old but if I get anywhere close, I’ll buy every reader of this blog a chai latte with steamed eggnog. In barista jargon that’s known as a “Cheg” and it only comes out on special occasions.
The weeks spanning from Thanksgiving to New Year’s are typically my most gluttonous. Maybe this is why Jesus gets so popular around this time of year – what with all the people blessing their piles of food, praying for those who don’t have any, or asking forgiveness for having eaten too much.
This season I’m present to how much I’ve been provided-for since birth. For 33 Thanksgivings I’ve yet to run out of stuffing. And it looks as though my baby niece is set up for a similar life of sweet potato wealth. I’m grateful for my hard working Mom and Dad and the families I have on both sides who pour their love into dinners, voicemails, card games and family reunions.
I’ve been to India and I’ve eaten with those in poverty; spicy curries on tin plates rinsed in a bucket of gray water. I’ve been to Ghana and witnessed how hard children will work as soon as they’re old enough to grip a rope or a handle. The simple fact that I was born in the western world is a circumstance I’ll always be grateful for. Even if I were homeless on this island, I’d be in better shape than most. It's for these reasons I struggle with my own self-worth.
I'm on the road for much of December, sneaking into the coffee shops and cafes of America, celebrating freedom, abundance, and some surprising new songs. After months of introspection surrounding the creation of the new studio album, I saw that I wasn't loving what I was up to. I blamed the music industry. I blamed the weather in London. I blamed my saying yes more than no. And I came close to calling it quits. Again. Uninspired and eager to connect with the boy I was before celebrity, I decided to take my life into my own hands again - and sure enough, there I was waiting for me this whole time with a big ol' bouquet of inspiration and a steaming cup of eggnog.
All I had to do was stop looking - otherwise I never would've leaped.
If you’re in San Diego on Dec 18th, a cast of many talented locals will be performing live to support the FeedingTheSoulFoundation (link)
– a non-profit that creates dinners and/or live music events to generate funds and awareness for selfless causes. They do Thanksgiving everyday. I’ve already got my ticket. A simple and easy click to get yours.
See you there!