"Thank you for all of the love on my birthday 🦋," she wrote alongside a throwback photo. "This year my wish is a call for kindness. We can’t just hope for a brighter day, we have to work for a brighter day."
She continued, "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."
In a longer birthday message shared on her website, Parton encourages fans to show kindness however they can. "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," she writes, adding, "The choices are limitless."
The "Jolene" singer went on to encourage people to persevere through the difficult times and keep working hard for the "brighter days" to come.
"I always encourage people to dream big but I also take great care to follow that up with the message to work hard," Parton wrote. "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," she added. "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."
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