As I Began to Love Myself – by Charlie Chaplin

By February 16, 2015July 27th, 2023Beneath the Willow Tree

What’s cooking in the cauldron

well another week has passed and the theme has been…..

LOVE, LOVE, LOVE. Valentines day came and some people were extremely happy and for some it hi-lighted their loss and loneliness. But as the roses fade and end up on the compost heap and the chocolate boxes get binned, we must hold the vibration of the day…

LOVE… and the most important love of all is for self, because only when we can allow ourselves to do that can we push it out into others, to the planet, to the Universe and as I wondered how to share that message once again spirit stepped and I fell upon the poem below…

It was written by the vintage mime actor Charlie Chaplin when he was 70 years old, maybe by reading it we will not  have to wait to be 70 to put his wise words into practice…

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.