19 Sep Susan’s Sound Advice #1227
Charlie Chaplin wrote this poem for his 70th birthday. I always thought he was a genius because he wrote the song “Smile” which is my all-time favorite and always brings tears to my eyes. Well, he did it again with these words. It’s a little lengthy but I think you will love this as much as I do!
As I Began to Love Myself – Self Love Poem, by Charlie Chaplin
As I began to love myself I found thatanguish and emotional suffering
are only warning signs that I was living against my emotional truth.
Today, I know, this is “AUTHENTICITY. ”
As I began to love myself I understood how much it could offend somebody
As I try to force my desires on this person, even though I know the time
was not right and this 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 began to stop craving a different life,
and I could see that everything surrounding me was inviting me to grow.
Today I call it “MATURITY. ”
As I began to love myself I began to understand that at any circumstance,
I am in the right place at the right time, and everything happens
at exactly the 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 that 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 from 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. ”
AsI began to love myself I began to see that my mind can disturb me
and can make me sick. But as I connected 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 kinds of problems
with ourselves or others. Even stars collide, and out of their crashing
new worlds are born. Today I know “THAT IS LIFE”!
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