Inspirational birthday poems, like the unique poems for birthdays on this page, are a very powerful, very personal way to inspire the ones you love on their birthday.
Although inspirational poetry is one of the easiest ways to inspire the people you love (and possibly change their lives), you still need to choose the right one to pull off both.
If you would like to glance at some tips on choosing the perfect poem, take a quick look at Message Guy Tip #96 (just below). Yep, it's that simple.
Message Guy Tip #96: How to select inspirational birthday poems
One of the greatest gifts you can give your loved ones on their birthday is the gift of inspiration. Words that stir the soul or move mountains can have a profound effect on someone special, especially on the day of their birth and particularly in a poem.
Of course, there isn't a one-size-fits-all inspirational poem for every birthday boy or girl. What type of inspiring poetry is right for your loved one? That depends on one very important factor...
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That factor is the actual message you would like to convey. Basically, you have over 15 kinds of inspirational messages to choose from:
Peace of mind
These messages can easily translate into inspirational birthday poems. All you need to do is choose a poem with a theme that matches one of the messages above, a message you want to send to someone special.
The only other consideration you may have is the personality of the birthday boy or girl:
If the birthday boy or girl is a very proud person but still needs some inspiration, choose a very subtle inspirational poem (less-than-subtle inspirational birthday poems might seem patronizing to this loved one).
If the birthday boy or girl lacks drive and needs a little push to do something that will lead to a considerably better quality of life, opt for more assertive inspirational birthday poems.
If the birthday boy or girl is very insecure, go for a highly positive, slightly subtle inspirational birthday poem (so you won't add insult to injury).
If the birthday boy or girl is totally oblivious to what he/she needs to do in life, select an assertive inspirational birthday poem.
Since most people love inspirational messages, there's really no need to consider if inspirational birthday poems are right for your loved ones. If you're not convinced of this fact, click here to read Why we love inspirational quotes, an article I found the other day. Essentially, we love them (and probably your family and friends love them too) because we love ideas (the ideas we find in inspirational messages) that give birth to other ideas (our own ideas).
Bottom line: Choose one of the inspirational birthday poems below or tailor it to your taste — whatever expresses your birthday wish the best.
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May your spirit reach new heights, As freely as a butterfly's wings, May your heart be filled with joy, The profound joy of simple things.
May your journey continue in peace, As serene as early morning dew, May only roses line your path, This is my birthday wish for you.
There's a very good reason why I chose the inspirational poem below as a birthday message. That reason is...
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I like this poem because it redefines the meaning of true success, inspiring us to be better than we are, reach beyond ourselves and truly help our fellow man, woman and child.
This is the type of inspiration that many of us need to reach our full potential as human beings. This is what real success is all about. What a wonderful message to give someone on their birthday.
If you would like to add a personal birthday wish to this inspiration birthday poem, you could use the this one: May you know this success on your special day. Happy birthday. ◄ Read less
TO HAVE SUCCEEDED By Ralph Waldo Emerson
"To laugh often and much. To win the respect of smart people, And the affection of children, To earn the approval of honest critics, And face the betrayal of false friends, To appreciate beauty, To find the best in others, To leave the world a bit better, Whether by a healthy child, A garden patch, Or a redeemed social condition, To know one life has breathed easier, Because you have lived, This is to have succeeded."
TAKE YOUR OWN JOURNEY By Message Guy
Dare to think different, It's the best way to succeed, Dare to dream big, Fuel your fire to achieve.
There's only one of you, Be as unique as you are, Take your own journey, Step by step you'll go far.
Certain inspirational birthday poems have a knack of telling you something you don't want to hear...in a way that makes it much easier to hear it. The birthday poem below possesses this very important quality. Why?
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This poem touches upon a very sensitive topic: quitting. It's very hard to say to someone you love "you should not quit" for two reasons:
You may hurt the pride of your loved one (nobody likes to acknowledge that they may be a quitter)
You may destroy what little confidence your loved one has left (guaranteeing he or she does indeed quit, after all)
In a poem, this message is more palatable and, in the case of this birthday poem, quite uplifting. In fact, I would even say that this is one of those inspirational birthday poems that can truly motivate people to carry on.
If you would like to add a personal birthday wish to this inspiration birthday poem, I would use a simple one that does not preach to the birthday boy or girl: This is my birthday wish for you. Happy birthday. ◄ Read less
DON'T QUIT By Author Unknown
"When things go wrong, As they sometimes will, When the road seems all uphill, When funds are low And the debts are high, And you want to smile. But you have to sigh, When care is pressing you down a bit, Rest if you must but don't you quit.
Life is queer with its twists and turns, As every one of us sometimes learns, And many a failure turns about, When you might have won Had you stuck it out, Don't give up, Although the pace seems slow, You may succeed with another blow.
Success is failure turned inside out, The silver tint of the clouds of doubt, You never can tell how close you are, It may be near when it seems so far, So stick to the fight, When you're hardest hit, When things seem worst, You must not quit."
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Inspirational Life Quotes to Make Your Spirit Soar
This video includes some of the inspirational birthday quotes about life from my "Inspirational Quotes" section, a treasury of inspiration for every day of the year.
Each quote below appears in the video, so feel free to live or share them at will. These uplifting quotes have the power to propel your spirit into the stratosphere.
"No matter how far I've come or how far I have yet to go, I'm never too far away from home." - Kevin Nishmas
"Wherever I go, it's where I want to be, even when it isn't." - Kevin Nishmas
"Understand life backwards. Live life forward." - Kevin Nishmas
"It's not all about a lucky roll of the dice. A losing roll may just be the beginning of your next winning streak." - Kevin Nishmas
"Failure is just another signpost that keeps you centered on whatever road you choose." - Kevin Nishmas
"Every once and awhile, you have to take a thought risk to think boldly and act decisively through all the noise." - Kevin Nishmas
"From the moment I met my son and daughter, they've embodied every part of me, all my greatest joys for now and all my greatest hopes from now on." - Kevin Nishmas
"Love, in its purest form, is more than an affair of the heart. It's unconditional joy and beauty rolled up into a mother's ever-forgiving hug." - Kevin Nishmas
"Seeking your bliss is not a quest you take alone. You take your whole world with you. We're all fellow seekers." - Kevin Nishmas
"If it's passion that drives you, let the open road take you where you need to be." - Kevin Nishmas
"If love is staring you in the face, don't look away or blink. You might miss it." - Kevin Nishmas
"You don't need a map to get home if you trust your inner compass to lead the way." - Kevin Nishmas
"In the school of life, joy often comes at a premium, but it's well worth the price of admission." - Kevin Nishmas
"You need to swallow your pride before you can stomach your pain and taste joy." - Kevin Nishmas
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Top 10 Inspirational Quotes of All Time!
This video includes 10 of my favorite inspirational birthday quotes, which are listed right below.
Each quote has empowered me to live a kinder, more fulfilling life full of love.
Now you have an opportunity to be inspired, like me, by these 10 insightful, inspirational quotes from the world's greatest thinkers...
10. "Dream as if you will live forever, live as if you will die today."
9. "Love is life. And if you miss love, you miss life."
8. "Choose a job you love, and you will never have to work a day in your life."
7. "Family is not an important thing. It's everything."
-Michael J. Fox
6. "You miss 100 percent of the shots you never take."
5. "Join the company of lions rather than assume the lead among foxes."
4. "The only way to have a friend is to be one."
-Ralph Waldo Emerson
3. "To love and win is the best thing. To love and lose, the next best."
-William M. Thackeray
2. "People will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel."
1. "To love oneself is the beginning of a lifelong romance."
Spread the wings you have, Soar ever so strong and high, Nothing can stop you now, You can pierce the sky.
You may be against the wind, But your destination's within sight, I know you can fly the distance, As long as you take flight.
One of the reasons why I like the poem below is its focus on perception (our own perception) and how it can prevent us from trying anything new or different, sealing our fate, so to speak. And not always in a good way. This poem touches upon this idea with care...
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This poem is straight to the point. Its message is relatively simple: if you think you'll never accomplish anything worthwhile, you won't. Your destiny, in other words, depends on what you think.
Do you know anyone who could benefit from this straightforward point of view? I do. I find that this poem works best with people who have certain gifts but don't realize they have them or believe that they don't have them, which pretty much leads to the same conclusion: I won't even try to use my gifts, because I will fail.
"Thinking" by Walter D. Wintle is one of those inspirational birthday poems that can cut through all the walls people build to make sure they never fail (or even try) and, along the way, can provide the reader with some hope for success. This is a winner as an inspirational birthday poem.
If you would like to add a personal birthday wish to this birthday poem, you could use the this one: I think you're a winner. I know you can win at anything. Happy birthday. ◄ Read less
THINKING By Walter D. Wintle
"If you think you are beaten, You are, If you think you dare not, You don't. If you like to win, But think you can't, It's almost a cinch you won't.
If you think you'll lose, You're lost, For out in the world we find, Success begins with your will, It's all in the state of mind.
If you think you are outclassed, You are, You've got to think high to rise, You've got to be sure of yourself, Before you can ever win the prize.
Life's battles don't always go, To the faster woman or man, But sooner or later, The ones who win are, The ones who think they can."
Inspiration is all around you. See more inspirational birthday poems below...
TURN THE PAGE By Message Guy
Today is a new beginning, A new page in your life, A clean slate to begin anew, Another chance to get it right.
Today is your birthday, A new chapter for a new age, A new story to live by, A chance to turn the page.
The poem below talks about something that really makes a difference to how you set and achieve your goals, something that all of us possess, something that would be inspiring for any birthday boy or girl... Read more ►
This poem by Donna Levine talks about our potential. We all have the potential to do something great. According to most religions, that potential is actually our mission in life. You might say it's our raison d'etre (our reason to be). Psychologists and philosophers refer to it as "our purpose" in life. Whatever you call it, we all have it...and this poem packages this ea in a way that is very uplifting.
There are some loved ones in our lives who have potential but lack the confidence to fulfill it. Giving these special people this poem is a kind, loving way to remind them that they can do anything with their lives. In other words, you would be giving them the gift of hope with this poem. What an amazing gift to give someone you love on their birthday.
Want to add a personalized birthday wish to this birthday poem? I have the perfect one right here: I know you can be whatever you want to be, because you have the courage to fulfill your potential. Happy birthday. ◄ Read less
YOU CAN BE WHATEVER YOU WANT TO BE By Donna Levine
"There is inside you, All of the potential, To be whatever you want to be, All of the energy, To do whatever you want to do, Imagine yourself, As you would like to be, Doing what you want to do, And each day, take one step, Towards your dream, And though at times, It may seem too difficult to continue, Hold on to your dream, One morning, You will awake to find, You are the person you dreamed of, Doing what you wanted to do, Simply because you had the courage, To believe in your potential, And to hold on to your dream."
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THROUGH OUR EYES By Message Guy
You have a passion for life and love, A passion you so kindly share all year, You know how to lift our spirits, And fill our lives with endless cheer.
Today's the perfect time to wish you, All the good you bring to our lives, Just step inside our shoes for awhile, And see your gift through our eyes.
Below is one of the world's most well-known poems. But I wouldn't hold its popularity against it. It's well-known for a simple reason...
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"The Road Not taken" by Robert Frost hits upon a number of universal themes that run through every life of every person on Earth: being true to yourself, thinking differently, choice, risk, conformity, you name it. And it intertwines every theme so seamlessly, to the extent that it's quite difficult to separate one from another, making this poem all the more approachable to any reader.
So many people can benefit from this poem. It has an uplifting message for everyone who reads it. This has to be one of the best inspirational birthday poems of all time.
Adding a heartfelt birthday wish to this birthday poem would be a great idea. I have one you could use right here: May you always take the road to true joy and wonder. Happy birthday. ◄ Read less
THE ROAD NOT TAKEN By Robert Frost
Two roads diverged in a yellow wood, And sorry I could not travel both, And be one traveler, long I stood, And looked down one, As far as I could, To where it bent in the undergrowth, Then took the other, as just as fair, And having perhaps the better claim, Because it was grassy, And wanted wear, Though as for that the passing there, Had worn them about the same, And both that morning equally lay, In leaves no step had trodden black, Oh, I kept the first for another day, Yet knowing how way leads to way, I doubted if I should ever come back, I shall be telling this with a sigh, Somewhere ages and ages hence: Two roads diverged in a wood, and I... I took the one less traveled by, And that has made all the difference.
AS YOU GROW UP By Message Guy
As you grow up, May you find... Hope before despair, Passion before apathy, Love before loss, Joy before sorrow, Peace before turmoil, And "Happy Birthdays" ever after.