Love Myself Poem by Charlie Chaplin

A beautiful self-love poem has apparently been written by Charlie Chaplin who composed it for his 70th birthday (April 16, 1959). Well, at least that is what a google search revealed. 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 “love myself poem” goes….

Love Myself Poem by Charlie Chaplin

As I Began to Love Myself – Self Love Poem 

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”!


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The Wisdom of the Heart

 

Chaplin’s “love myself” poem points us to listening to the heart, instead of merely paying attention to the voice of the ego. The ego’s emotions are not the same as the true feelings of the heart. The ego acts out of fear-consciousness, putting us through a parody of madness.

The heart is love conscious. It allows us to heal, repair and rejuvenate. Only with an open heart, can love come in.

Nonetheless, it is important to recognize that the ego has its purpose. It wishes to keep us protected and safe in this world. We cannot also get rid of the ego. Hence, we need to learn to work with it.

The best way forward is to meet the heart with the mind. Chaplin calls it aligning with the “Wisdom of the Heart”. It’s when life becomes full. It’s when magic happens!!

From the “love myself” poem, it would appear that Chaplin had truly lived into self-love. He passed away at age 88. But not without being known as one of the most creative and influential personalities of the silent-film era. He was also the composer for the song, Smile, a personal favorite of Michael Jackson.

Incidentally, prior to the writing of this post today, I had shared the following with some friends…..

Make Your SMILE: S- Sincere, M-Magical, I-Infectious, L-Loving and E-Enchanting!

 


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Smile and Shine in Self-Love Always,

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rushangi - June 18, 2013 Reply

a wonderfull

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wendy - August 2, 2013 Reply

I love this poem it is a beautiful poem

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Fabse - October 27, 2013 Reply

Most beautiful poem ever read

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Chris King - November 12, 2013 Reply

Amazing poem and insights by Chaplin.
Incredible!
By way of Dee Wallace…

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Salena Brit - April 23, 2014 Reply

lovable poem, very close to heart.

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Dennis - September 1, 2017 Reply

Hi Evelyn,

Thank you for sharing this poem and you guiding text.

Beautiful

Dennis

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