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Season 3/ Episode 1: Are Your Expectations for 2021 Realistic?

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Control Yourself, Be Compassionate to Others

In this week’s podcast episode, Jill and Tony discussed their expectations for 2021. You be the judge about whether theirs are realistic.

Jill expects to focus her time and efforts on the things she can control. That translates into her own actions and decisions.

Tony expects people to have more compassion and empathy.

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What are your expectations for 2021? We’d love to hear from you. Please leave your answer either in the Comments section or as a voicemail when you call 404-594-2247.


8 comments on “Season 3/ Episode 1: Are Your Expectations for 2021 Realistic?

  1. Denis Vogel says:

    Hi Jill & Tony,

    Happy New Year to you both!

    Your podcast does cast a wider net than just close personal relationships. Tony’s advice to be kinder to each other is certainly an example of this. However, the events of January 6 intervened between your recording and my listening to your podcast. It seems like there is some fundamental change needed in U.S. society before we can be kind to folks who are willfully misinformed and brimming over with grievance against anyone who does not look like them or agree with them. Listening to these folks is like a holiday dinner with a whole battalion of crazy uncles.

    I would love to hear you two talk about healing relationship with people living in an alternate reality. Do you think there’s any hope…short term or long term?

    Your devoted fan,

    1. @jillccwrites2 says:

      Thank you, Denis, for taking the time to comment on our episode. Yes, we recorded and released that episode and the next episode before all the disturbing events on Jan. 6. We plan to take your suggestion to talk about healing relationships within the next couple of weeks. In fact, we think it’s necessary.

      Thanks again for supporting us.

  2. Mary Ellen Vogel says:

    Happy New Year, Jill and Tony! Going into your third year with the pod cast. It’s been so much fun.

    Yes, it’s important to kind to those we interact with. Like Tony, I’ve surprised myself by being short or even rude with people over the phone or in stores. Kindness can defuse the situation, and even if it does not, I have the satisfaction of knowing the unpleasantness isn’t my fault. The best part is I don’t have to beat myself up over it.

    As usual I have a to-do list for 2021 as long as my arm. My goal, as I’ve said before, is to be realistic, make choices, and always focus on what I’m able to accomplish, not what doesn’t happen as fast as I would like or even at all. Like Jill, I will try to let go of what I can’t control.

    1. @jillccwrites2 says:

      Happy new year, Mary! Thanks again for being with us from the beginning. We cannot imagine your being short or rude with anyone, but we understand how 2020 stressors caused such situations. We both believe in to-do lists, so we are rooting for you to make it through yours. What a great feeling it is to cross things off the list, right? Take care. We always appreciate your taking the time to comment.

  3. Mary Ellen Vogel says:

    Actually my problems with rudeness were before 2020 happened, so I’m grateful to have come to terms with it before all this. Now I work to give people the benefit of the doubt, especially because of what’s happening today. I am so grateful to those who are on the front lines. Having said that, I remember times when I lacked required civility. I hope never again!

    Yes, crossing things off the to-do list–so much satisfaction!

    1. @jillccwrites2 says:

      We still cannot imagine your ever being rude. 😊

      1. Mary Ellen Vogel says:

        I’m glad. xxooxx

      2. @jillccwrites2 says:


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