Sunday Inspiration: Happy Birthday

Happy birthday


Your birthday is the beginning of your own personal new year.

Your first birthday was a beginning, and each new birthday is a chance to begin again,

to start over, to take a new grip on life.

β€” Wilfred PetersonΒ 

Happy Birthday to Me!

Yes, today is my birthday–and actually Proman created this post for me. I’m not confessing to the year but I’ll give you a clue: it wasn’t in this century.

I’m not whining about turning another year older since I think it’s a privilege to grow older when so many will not be given this opportunity.

I do agree that a birthday is a chance to begin again, perhaps not in a drastic turn-the-world-upside-down way–that sounds a bit exhausting–but as an opportunity to deepen my sense of gratitude, my appreciation of wonder, my depth of love, and my spirit of joy. Maybe it’s not the easiest moment in history to do that, but I am working on it, still.

So, happy birthday to you, as well, whenever your day may come. May your days and years be filled with great adventures and may they be good ones.



  1. Doreen Sherlaw on July 12, 2020 at 2:27 am

    Best wishes for a wonderful birthday, Emilie!

  2. Rebecca R on July 12, 2020 at 6:54 am

    Happy Birthday Emilie! πŸ₯³ Hope you enjoy a wonderful, relaxing day celebrating it with Proman!

    I always dread the day I turn another year older. But you are exactly right…it’s a privilege not everyone will get the opportunity to enjoy. So when my day arrives later this year, I’m going to be especially thankful for it and my chance to begin again. Thank you for sharing your inspirational message!

    • Emilie Richards on July 17, 2020 at 10:11 am

      It especially feels like a privilege now, doesn’t it?

  3. ROSEMARY FORSTROM on July 12, 2020 at 7:13 am

    Happy Birthday and I hope your day is special.

  4. PAMELA FEINBERG on July 12, 2020 at 7:50 am

    Happy birthday Emilie! Enjoy your special day as you deserve it. You make our days go by filled with joy and laughter and you are so deserved to the same!

  5. Joan Leopold on July 12, 2020 at 8:39 am

    Happy Birthday, Emilie. I hope your personal new year will be a good one. You will make the most of it no doubt. Times are trying, but we just believe things will get better. Enjoy your special day!

  6. Pat Kennedy on July 12, 2020 at 9:24 am

    πŸŒ·πŸ¦‹πŸŒ·πŸ¦‹πŸŒ·πŸ¦‹πŸŒ·πŸ¦‹πŸŒ·πŸ¦‹πŸŒ·πŸ¦‹πŸŒ·πŸ¦‹πŸŒ·πŸ¦‹πŸŒ·πŸ¦‹πŸŒ·πŸ¦‹πŸŒ·πŸ¦‹πŸŒ·πŸ¦‹πŸŒ·πŸ¦‹πŸŒ·πŸ¦‹πŸŒ·πŸ¦‹πŸŒ·πŸ¦‹πŸŒ·πŸ¦‹Happy Birthday Wishes! Enjoy your special day! You know we will want a full description of what fun things you did! Here’s to you, Emilie! Best wishes!

  7. Kathleen O'Donnell on July 12, 2020 at 9:40 am

    Happy Birthday. Wishing you a wonderful day!

  8. DELORES on July 12, 2020 at 9:42 am

    Happy birthday, Emilie! I hope your day is special! We all have to be thankful that we are still in good health, surviving the many restrictions and changes to our lives, and able to enjoy the day!

  9. Nancy C Lepri on July 12, 2020 at 10:21 am

    Emilie, wishing you the happiest birthday ever. God bless you and your family.

    • Judy Smith-Valley on July 12, 2020 at 10:30 am

      Emilie, Hippo B’Day and many more. Feels like a true accomplishment to reach a birthday in this year of COVID-19. My best to you and Proman. I love this small connection with you both. May your spirits continue to be blessed.

  10. Catherine Larklund on July 12, 2020 at 11:46 am

    HAPPY BIRTHDAY! I really love the thought of a personal New Year. A chance to start again, to renew and review ones life. I hope you have a wonderful day.

  11. David Weaver on July 12, 2020 at 11:46 am

    Happy birthday, Emilie, from all your friends at the Ohioana Library!

    • Emilie Richards on July 17, 2020 at 10:10 am

      Thank you, David. So nice to hear from you here.

  12. Nancy Amundson on July 12, 2020 at 12:20 pm

    HAPPY BIRTHDAY and good wishes for many blessings to come in the year ahead!

  13. Nita Voleski on July 12, 2020 at 1:08 pm

    Happiest of birthdays to you! Enjoy your day and the beginning of your own new year!

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