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Love Yourself

Friday, November 08, 2013

Charlie Chaplin, best known mime actor, wrote a beautiful self love poem on his 70th birthday (April 16, 1959). It is exceptional because there are not many poems written about loving the self and in my opinion, contains much wisdom. Here’s how Chaplin’s self love poem goes….

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”!


Member Comments About This Blog Post:
DEFIANTVEGAN 11/11/2013 10:49PM

    Wow I must have mist this one this is absolutely beautiful.

Only the good die young!

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DAWNWATERWOMAN 11/10/2013 10:49PM

    I love this. Thanks for sharing it. I am going to save it. emoticon

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SLIMSHANN 11/10/2013 12:11AM

    This poem is special to me too. I had it on my desk for 3 months last year. Every night when I cleaned up my papers it was there. Every morning I came in to start my day it was there. I had forgotten about it because I don't work through the summer and it disappeared. I will reprint it and put it where it belongs.
I rejoined spark this past summer after 3 years away, I am sure this poem had a direct influence. Thank you Yvonne!
ps... I know I am supposed to be on my 25th anniversary weekend away but I just had to sneak on to see what was going on... I guess that sums up the whole 25th year thing... lol. No really we are having an awesome time!!!

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SANDYZEE 11/9/2013 2:10PM

    Very nice! Quite a find.
It's a keeper.

Sandy in Ca. emoticon

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_RAEVEN_ 11/9/2013 9:33AM

    Awesome post. Thanks for sharing

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GLAMNGLOWDIVA 11/9/2013 1:46AM

    That is so great. Thank you for posting this.

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WEDDWT 11/8/2013 5:51PM

    Thanks, Yvonne, for passing the wisdom on to us. Have a good weekend!

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WILLOW49 11/8/2013 11:54AM

    How special! Thanks for sharing with us :)

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SANDBBAR 11/8/2013 10:58AM

  This is wonderful! Thank you for sharing!

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L*I*T*A* 11/8/2013 10:04AM

    wow.............that is awesome!!!
great share............

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BE-THE-CHANGE 11/8/2013 8:35AM

    Thanks for much for sharing!

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LARABY34 11/8/2013 8:29AM

    Perfect way to start a Friday. Thank you!

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HELEN_BRU 11/8/2013 8:05AM

    This is very special. Thank you!

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PETALIA 11/8/2013 7:05AM

    Wow. I'm blown away. Sir Chaplin has often moved me without words and now with words, too. Thank you.

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DMEYER4 11/8/2013 6:52AM

  this is beautiful thank you for sharing it

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WISLNDR 11/8/2013 6:45AM

    Wonderful! Thank you so much for sharing this!!


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AMSPARKER 11/8/2013 6:43AM

    beautiful!! i forwarded this to all my children and my mother. I haven't been on SP for a while, and as I logged in today, this was the first thing in my feed. THANK YOU for the inspiration!!!!

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