Sunday Inspiration: Be Soft

be that one

“Be soft.

Do not let the world make you hard.

Do not let the pain make you hate.

Do not let the bitterness steal your sweetness.

Take pride that even though the rest of the world may disagree,

you still believe it to be a beautiful place.

-Iain Thomas

Tomorrow is my birthday — not saying which one — but here’s what I think would be the best gift of all. I want to be that person who never doubts that the world is a beautiful place. Unfortunately, birthday or not, I know this will never just be given to me. It takes a lifetime of effort, of paying attention to all the wonderful things I take for granted, and then trying to put the not so wonderful in perspective.

I’m always working on it. But you know what? Having the freedom and support to do that is a gift in itself.

I bet you’re working on it, too.



  1. Joni on July 11, 2021 at 6:48 am

    Happy Birthday to you!! 🎊🎉

  2. Denise Almazar on July 11, 2021 at 8:13 am

    Happy Birthday Emilie (a day early). I hope your day is filled with joy! Thank you for the Sunday inspiration each week. I always look forward to reading them! 💕

  3. Pat Kennedy on July 11, 2021 at 8:26 am

    Hi Emilie!
    Happiest 🎂Wishes to you!🦋🌷🦋 Enjoy your day!

  4. DELORES on July 11, 2021 at 8:49 am

    Happy birthday tomorrow!!! The world is a beautiful place—and our freedoms are to be treasured. There is darkness. There is hate. There is pain and sorrow. Looking for the good things, ways to help others, ways to make it a better place make each of us a better person—and our world stronger!

  5. Carol Lippe on July 11, 2021 at 9:04 am

    Happy Birthday, Emilie! You are so wise to find the good in every day!

  6. Coelle J Baskel on July 11, 2021 at 12:58 pm

    Happy Happy Birthday Emilie………Enjoy your day and Love your inspiration and Reminders for a better life!

  7. Doreen on July 11, 2021 at 3:46 pm

    Happy birthday, Emilie 🎂

  8. Nancy Lepri on July 11, 2021 at 6:16 pm

    Best wishes for the happiest birthday ever!

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