Dolly Parton's birthday wish reminds us that love really can conquer all.
"Well, another year has rolled around and what a year it has been," begins a statement on Parton's website. "Like everyone else, it is now my turn for a COVID covered birthday. So what do you do? What do you want? Should you even celebrate? I am choosing the quiet path so I can stay close to the ones I love to count my blessings and think hard about what this new year will bring."
"My wish is that everyone does something a little different today," she wrote. "Let's call it a call for kindness. If you want to donate to your favorite cause, then donate. If you want to give an old friend a call during these lonely times, give them a call. If you can safely volunteer, then raise your hand to do so. If you decide that today is the day you get a dog, then run down to the shelter and find your new buddy. The choices are limitless.
"I always encourage people to dream big but I also take great care to follow that up with the message to work hard," she adds. "We can't just hope for a brighter day, we have to work for a brighter day. Love too often gets buried in a world of hurt and fear. We have to work to dig it out so we can share it with our family, our friends and our neighbors. So today, January 19th, let's get to unearthing love. Love is more contagious than a virus so let your best self shine in a glorious light and others will be inspired by you. This is my birthday wish and may your birthday wishes also come true."
When it's time to wish a friend or loved one a happy birthday, consider American Greetings' personalized Birthday Time' Smashup ecards, which feature a Parton-sung birthday greeting to the tune of her iconic hit "9 to 5." The Nashville legend even sings the recipient's name!