Each year and each day is a great opportunity for us to “turn the page” which is the topic of this #jammingwithjason #podcast episode. Since it’s also the title of a song from Bob Seger, there just may be some music in this episode.
There is something in this song for everyone and we discuss: gratitude for those who perform and entertain us, not giving up when you are three feet from gold, whether the Metallica or Bob Seger version is better, doing the work each day whether anyone is watching or giving you credit to create what you want in life.
Tune in and watch the videos (Bob, Metallica, and me) at: https://www.jasonmefford.com/jammingwithjason246/
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Jason Mefford: Welcome to another episode of jamming with Jason hey my friend i’m glad that you are with me today.
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Jason Mefford: Now you’ve probably been able to figure out by looking at the title that today is probably one of those jam sessions, where i’m going to pull out the guitar and i’m gonna sing a little bit and we’re just going to jam together.
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Jason Mefford: So this song has been in my mind for actually a little while in fact you know somebody just last week, asked me, you know Jason How long does it take you.
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Jason Mefford: To do a podcast well, some of them are pretty quick right I hit record and you know half an hour 45 minutes later it’s done this episode is one of those though that actually has been on my mind, for months, so without further ado let’s jump into that episode of turn the page.
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Jason Mefford: All right, well, as you probably saw from the from the you know intro here.
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Jason Mefford: i’ve been listening to a lot of Bob seger his music recently, for some reason it it just kind of has resonated with me.
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Jason Mefford: So i’ve listened to a lot of his music recently and and, in particular, this song turn the page.
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Jason Mefford: So if you’re familiar with it, you know we’re going to get into and talk a little bit about the lyrics as well.
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Jason Mefford: And you know, like, I told you, before this is one of those episodes that i’ve been thinking about for a couple of months it’s just been on my mind i’ve been listening to.
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Jason Mefford: To the to the song over and over again i’ve been watching the videos in fact in doing some of my research on this episode found a cover that metallica did so i’ll leave i’ll leave both the original Bob seger and the metallica versions.
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Jason Mefford: So you can actually take a listen to them on on my website.
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Jason Mefford: So make sure to go over to Jason method calm and find this show notes on turn the page and you’ll be able to take a listen to both the Bob seger original version.
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Jason Mefford: And the metallica version and then just let me know which one do you like better i’ve i’ve grown up always you know, listening to the Bob seger version but I gotta tell you, after listening to the metallica version, quite a few times i’m really liking it as well, so.
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Jason Mefford: let’s just get into it right so Bob seger turn the page, so let me pull out the pull up the guitar here and.
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Jason Mefford: You know the words sing along with me right, even though it’s just you and me, you can sing along at home as well.
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Jason Mefford: So here we go let’s let’s get in and play this song and then let’s talk about it, because you know, this is one of those songs that.
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Jason Mefford: You and really everybody, there are messages in this song for all of us so as you listen today, you know, whatever you do make sure to listen to the entire episode.
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Jason Mefford: And just see what POPs out at you, because there’s going to be some message that I share today that’s going to resonate with you and help you improve your life so with that here we go a little Bob seger turn the page.
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Jason Mefford: Some highway.
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Jason Mefford: You can.
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Jason Mefford: moaning out it’s fun.
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Jason Mefford: Being a woman.
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Jason Mefford: what’s your thoughts with me wandering way you’re wasting.
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Jason Mefford: Your time writing 16 hour days and there’s nothing much.
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Jason Mefford: don’t feel much slack.
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Jason Mefford: Just wish.
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Jason Mefford: Start over again.
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Jason Mefford: Well, you are.
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Jason Mefford: struggling strung out.
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Jason Mefford: upon you, as you shake and.
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Jason Mefford: You pretend it doesn’t bother you but you just want to.
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Jason Mefford: Sometimes you can talk and other times you can say more.
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Jason Mefford: woman or a man.
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Jason Mefford: Oh.
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Jason Mefford: respond by.
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Jason Mefford: miles.
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Jason Mefford: Every.
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Jason Mefford: sweat pause doubt your body.
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Jason Mefford: ringing in your.
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Jason Mefford: Smoke the days.
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Jason Mefford: again.
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Jason Mefford: Alright, a little music a little Bob seger with you now, you know, again, as I was doing some of the different research that I do for some of these episodes.
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Jason Mefford: I came across some different videos and other interviews and things that other artists, have done.
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Jason Mefford: And what’s interesting is how much this song resonates with a lot of people who are performers or entertainers okay so as you as you go through and and you know, listen to the words as you listen to the words, as I was singing it as we go through and talk about it.
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Jason Mefford: there’s some different lessons to pull from this and and and One of those is you know, again, you can feel kind of the somber enos in the music.
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Jason Mefford: And you know about him talking about being you know riding on a bus for 16 hours through the Midwest right and having these thoughts about the the woman or the girl that you knew the night before.
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Jason Mefford: The fact that your your thoughts are wandering, you know as you’re going through this and, and you know this is their Their stories galore of musicians and of people that are performers like actors.
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Jason Mefford: And a lot of times you know somebody you know all of a sudden becomes a sensation a big hit right.
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Jason Mefford: And a lot of people say Oh, you were just you know lucky in in being able to do that, you know that that all of a sudden, they go from obscurity to huge you know superstar.
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Jason Mefford: But there are again plenty of stories that show that almost every time we look at somebody and think wow look at that they just made it.
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Jason Mefford: there’s been years of hard work behind their success, you know even the Beatles were That way, you know again they started off in England.
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Jason Mefford: But they went over to Germany for a couple of years and, and that was really where they kind of gel together as a band.
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Jason Mefford: Where they learned their craft more so that, when they went back to England at that point, then things took off for them.
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Jason Mefford: And so, the first thing that I kind of want to talk about here is just the fact that you know what you, you may be feeling this way right, you may be putting in a lot of work.
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Jason Mefford: You may be doing some things and you’re just not seeing the success, yet that you would hope for and sometimes that can be a little discouraging okay.
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Jason Mefford: But again, you know Bob seger he wrote this song in 1972 okay 1972 so this song is 50 years old.
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Jason Mefford: And I will tell you at the time when you know Bob wrote this song, he was playing a bunch of honky tonks and bars and he was up on stage every night playing music to people.
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Jason Mefford: That didn’t even hardly notice, he was there right and and a lot of times, we have to put in that work, we have to put in that effort.
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Jason Mefford: Before the success actually comes right and so as you’re going through that time, sometimes it can be a little discouraging like oh my gosh you know i’m up on stage.
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Jason Mefford: You know, and again here’s some of the different words right, you know most times you can’t hear them talk other times you can write.
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Jason Mefford: So sometimes you’re just up on stage you’re performing you’re doing what you can and and honestly in a lot of these places, you know i’m sure you’ve been in a restaurant or you’ve been in a bar.
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Jason Mefford: Where there’s a performer who’s playing, and most of the time you know people aren’t even paying attention they’re just chit chatting having their drinks doing whatever.
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Jason Mefford: Not even really listening to the person who is there performing and entertaining them right.
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Jason Mefford: So one thing I want you to think about because this this happened to me this last week, because I was up in I had a business trip up in northern California, that I had to go to.
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Jason Mefford: And one of the nights we were in a restaurant and there was a performer who was there, and this guy was good okay i’m good i’m telling you he was a great musician you know technically in in how he was playing what he was doing.
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Jason Mefford: But again it’s I kind of walked by and I saw him most of the people were not even noticing what he was doing right.
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Jason Mefford: And so, whether this is you whether it’s other people that you know that are working or they’re trying to you know get ahead and do what they need to do.
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Jason Mefford: What if we just kind of stop give them a thumbs up you know, most of the time musicians have a little tip jar so I always like to go up give them a tip.
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Jason Mefford: Give them kind of the thumbs up or some sort of a thing to show that I see them, I appreciate them for what they’re actually doing right how much of a better world would this be if all of us actually took a couple of minutes.
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Jason Mefford: to let those people know that are entertaining us that are performing for us that we appreciate, we see them and and we’re grateful right for what they’re actually doing.
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Jason Mefford: So hopefully again that’s one of the lessons that you can take away from this is when you see somebody out there honing their craft doing doing the things fighting the good fight.
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Jason Mefford: That we give them that good on you mate you know sort of a thing, and let them know hang in there, keep going right.
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Jason Mefford: And, and again, you know, like, I said that there’s you know from from this song, you know as well, one of the lines that I just love, there was a there was a they were on the road, as he was writing this song.
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Jason Mefford: And in the came out from one of the gigs that they were doing he’s like man i’ve got some new lines for that song.
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Jason Mefford: After that, and what happened is they, they walk they were on the road, you know traveling walked into a restaurant.
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Jason Mefford: And again remember this is 1972 so you’ve got musicians that kind of look like hippies they’ve got long hair.
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Jason Mefford: And somebody in the restaurant looked up and actually made that comment or those men or women right because they had long hair.
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Jason Mefford: inspiration again for Bob to be able to now at that point he could have taken that he could have been really offended.
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Jason Mefford: By what it was, and instead he chose to take that and incorporate that into one of the songs is probably one of the most famous songs that he has done.
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Jason Mefford: Now, again, you know here I am on the road again there I am on the stage here I go playing star again there I go turn the page.
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Jason Mefford: And again for any of you that have you know I know a lot of people that are that are speakers that are performers.
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Jason Mefford: And a lot of times you know you get up on stage and people just really aren’t appreciating or they just don’t get it.
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Jason Mefford: Well, you know what just just keep going right so even just like with this podcast right.
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Jason Mefford: You know i’ve been on 16 hour flights right where there’s nothing to do but watch movies, and I just couldn’t wait to get to where I was actually going or get back home right.
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Jason Mefford: And sometimes being on the road, can be a little draining when you’re doing this, but just stick in there stick with it, and again.
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Jason Mefford: i’m not talking just about music folks because, again, most of you probably are not musicians getting up on the stage every night.
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Jason Mefford: But there’s probably something in your life that you’re doing that you’re trying to move forward and sometimes again it just feels like you’re in those honky tonks and bars and you’re never going to make it.
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Jason Mefford: But here’s what i’ll promise you, if you keep at it long enough, eventually, instead of playing honky tonks and bars you’re going to be playing stadiums.
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Jason Mefford: Now, how do I know that well it’s what happened to Bob seger when he wrote this song right he was playing the honky tonks and bars.
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Jason Mefford: And now, has gone on to play stadiums literally all over the world, for the last 40 plus years right 4050 years.
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Jason Mefford: So don’t lose hope of being able to accomplish your dream stick with it, if it’s your dream because eventually it will come to pass with enough hard work and dedication.
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Jason Mefford: You know, because that’s the thing, most people end up giving up before they hit that success there’s an old story about you know, a mind Where were they were actually mining for gold.
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Jason Mefford: And somebody they’d been mining, for a long time digging into the mountain or wherever it was and they just finally stopped they’re like you know what.
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Jason Mefford: i’m done i’m tired i’m not going to do it anymore, they laughed they sold the mind to somebody else and literally the next person started digging and three feet later they found gold.
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Jason Mefford: Right so i’ve been you know that’s one of the analogies that i’ve been taught and that I use is don’t stop.
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Jason Mefford: When you’re three feet from gold, you might be just on the cusp of getting and having exactly everything that you want, in your life.
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Jason Mefford: Okay, so that’s kind of one of the things to talk about right, as is you know, for you kind of moving forward doing what you need to do.
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Jason Mefford: Also in in having gratitude and being appreciative for the performers and the people that are out there that are actually making your life better.
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Jason Mefford: Because i’ll tell you, you know from from being a performer, if you will, being a speaker and and doing things like that, like this podcast for so long.
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Jason Mefford: I don’t get to see what you’re what you’re doing right it’s it’s kind of like when you’re up on stage.
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Jason Mefford: And sometimes the House lights, you know the House the lights are on you and so really all you see are the lights it’s hard to see the audience and actually know.
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Jason Mefford: You know what their reaction is and so sometimes again you feel like you’re all alone up there on the stage.
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Jason Mefford: You know you’re you’re you’re playing with every ounce of energy, the sweat is pouring out of your body like the music that you play.
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Jason Mefford: Right so again, you can see why a lot of these words really are kind of resonating with me, but you know this song, is it is another lesson I think for us as well.
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Jason Mefford: That you know a lot of times you know, at the end of the day, you know we’re Bob says later in the evening, as you lie awake in bed.
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Jason Mefford: With the echoes from the amplifiers ringing in your head you smoke the days last cigarette remembering what she said.
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Jason Mefford: You know here I go again up on the road up on the stage there I go turn the page now it’s not a surprise that I waited until the beginning of this year.
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Jason Mefford: as well to go through this because here’s another lesson that a lot of us can learn as well is you know, sometimes it’s just time to turn the page, you know, sometimes we focus so much on.
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Jason Mefford: worrying about what happened yesterday, or what happened last week, instead of staying present to where we actually are.
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Jason Mefford: And literally turning the page right so again in poetry in in in you know writing in things like song lyrics there’s a lot of imagery that is used and a great analogy, for us to remember to just turn the page right if if yesterday didn’t go the way you wanted it to.
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Jason Mefford: turn the page because tomorrow is a new day I promise you tomorrow is a new day right that if you’ve ever seen the movie or the play Annie there’s a great song in there, this don’t come out tomorrow, you can bet your bottom dollar that tomorrow there will be these.
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Jason Mefford: You know, and every day that you have lived your life, the sun has gone down and what happens in the morning, the sun will come up on a new day right.
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Jason Mefford: And so again whether it’s the end of the year, maybe last year didn’t go the way you wanted to maybe it did right.
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Jason Mefford: But regardless it’s time to turn the page and move forward with the rest of your life right, and again I love turn the page because again your story.
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Jason Mefford: You still get to write it doesn’t matter what happened yesterday, what are you going to do today, that is different right so at the end of every day.
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Jason Mefford: turn the page and know that tomorrow is going to be a new day tomorrow is going to be a day, where you can choose to create whatever you want to create in your story of life.
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Jason Mefford: And again, it goes back to you know if you’re an entertainer and somebody like this, this this whole emotion behind this song right.
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Jason Mefford: Is at the end of every day you just have to let it go and you get up and you do what you need to do the next day, and then you go to bed.
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Jason Mefford: And you get up the next day, and you do what you gotta do, and then you go to bed, and then you get up the next day, and you do it again, and then you go to bed.
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Jason Mefford: Okay, because every single day is a new opportunity and really is a blessing and a present to us, because every day.
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Jason Mefford: That you get to live, you get to decide what you’re going to do, and so, to quote the great philosopher and rock star gene simmons from kiss right.
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Jason Mefford: I heard him say one time that any day above ground is a good day.
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Jason Mefford: And so you know again that’s a way that we can all start the day right, meaning that hey I woke up today i’m not dead and buried in the ground.
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Jason Mefford: That means it’s a good day cuz i’m not dad okay I love that quote right and every day, is a good day above ground.
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Jason Mefford: And the fact that you’re listening to this right now, you know watching or listening you’re above ground today So what is it that you want to accomplish today.
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Jason Mefford: don’t worry about yesterday don’t necessarily worry about the future, but just focus on what can you do today.
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Jason Mefford: That is going to help you get what you want, out of life right it’s time to turn the page time to move on time right for you to just let it all go.
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Jason Mefford: and turn the page and start tomorrow exactly the way you want to, and what I will tell you again, no matter how bad or good yesterday went.
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Jason Mefford: You have a new day ahead of you that you can make whatever you want it to be so, with that my friends i’m going to wrap up this episode of turn the page and just reminder again, you know as we’ve gone through and talked about it, if there’s something that you’re working towards.
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Jason Mefford: And you feel like you’re making a little progress but you’re not making the fastest progress that you want to.
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Jason Mefford: Just relax allow keep at it and again you’ll go from honky tonks to playing arenas.
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Jason Mefford: You know, when you see other people around you that are that are trying to improve themselves that are trying to do things that are entertaining and performing for you.
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Jason Mefford: and providing you with joy in your life, make sure to take a moment and and express that appreciation to that person.
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Jason Mefford: because sometimes that might be the only appreciation they get right because most of the time people might be ignoring them.
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Jason Mefford: And sometimes that’s kind of hard and just one of those little you know you’re doing a great job sort of things can actually make somebody’s day.
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Jason Mefford: It can make somebody week or month as well, so make sure to shed or send that love and light to people throughout the world as well.
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Jason Mefford: And then, again, finally, you know again just turn the page just let every new day be a new day and celebrate that you’re alive.
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Jason Mefford: and try to look on the positive side of everything that is going on and the things that you can actually create in your life and, with that I will catch you on the next episode of jamming with Jason stay safe my friends and i’ll see you later.