As I Began to Love Myself

Self Love Poem by Charlie Chaplin

As I began to love myself I found that anguish and emotional suffering
are only warning signs that I was living against my own truth.
Today, I know, this is “AUTHENTICITY”.

As I began to love myself I understood how much it can offend somebody
As I try to force my desires on this person, even though I knew the time
was not right and the person was not ready for it, and even though this
person was me. Today I call it “RESPECT”.

As I began to love myself I stopped craving for a different life,
and I could see that everything that surrounded me was inviting me to grow.
Today I call it “MATURITY”.

As I began to love myself I understood that at any circumstance,
I am in the right place at the right time, and everything happens
at the exactly right moment. So I could be calm.
Today I call it “SELF-CONFIDENCE”.

As I began to love myself I quit steeling my own time,
and I stopped designing huge projects for the future.
Today, I only do what brings me joy and happiness, things I love to do
and that make my heart cheer, and I do them in my own way and in
my own rhythm. Today I call it “SIMPLICITY”.

As I began to love myself I freed myself of anything that is no good for
my health – food, people, things, situations, and everything that drew
me down and away from myself. At first I called this attitude
a healthy egoism. Today I know it is “LOVE OF ONESELF”.

As I began to love myself I quit trying to always be right, and ever since
I was wrong less of the time. Today I discovered that is “MODESTY”.

As I began to love myself I refused to go on living in the past and worry
about the future. Now, I only live for the moment, where EVERYTHING
is happening. Today I live each day, day by day, and I call it “FULFILLMENT”.

As I began to love myself I recognized that my mind can disturb me
and it can make me sick. But As I connected it to my heart, my
mind became a valuable ally.
Today I call this connection “WISDOM OF THE HEART”.

We no longer need to fear arguments, confrontations or any kind of problems
with ourselves or others. Even stars collide, and out of their crashing
new worlds are born. Today I know THAT IS “LIFE”!


30 thoughts on “As I Began to Love Myself

  1. I did not realize Charlie Chaplain was a sage as well as a great artistic talent. Thank you for sharing this wise, wise reflection!

  2. Wow. Not often does a poem resonate with me at such a high level. This poem was amazing. Wow. Thanks so much for sharing, and for always delivering great work and awesome posts.

  3. Great poem from a man of hidden talent, and a beautiful photo of wood anemone to go with it. As a small side note, my great grandmother was a wardrobe assistant to various music hall entertainers, including Charlie Chaplin, in London in the early part of the 20th century 🙂 One of my few claims to fame! Lol! 🙂

    1. Aw… that’s actually both funny and sweet 🙂 Thank you for sharing that little part of your family story and your 15 minutes of fame 😀 😀

  4. I did not know Chaplin had written this wonderful poem. Thank you for sharing. And what a lovely simple flower in your photo 🙂

  5. Great insight. I did not know this about him either. But I do know, that many humorous and “funny” people carry deep thoughts inside.

  6. I never would have guessed this wisdom to be from Charlie Chaplin, but I sure am glad for it. Thank you Ann, it’s lovely.

  7. Beautiful poetry. Charlie Chaplin lived a colourful life and this insight puts so many of the stories in a new perspective. It’s amazing how we look at people superficially when their lives are on display, forgetting that their artistic output demonstrates their capacity for deep reflection.

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