As I Began To Love Myself by Charlie Chaplin (maybe?)


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I’ve read quite a few online blogs that discuss the true source of this beautiful text. I can’t tell you whether it was Charlie Chaplin or Kim McMillen. But I will say that it’s a touching piece and every word rings true to me. Hope you enjoy it too.

“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 if 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 stealing 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 worrying 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”!


5 thoughts on “As I Began To Love Myself by Charlie Chaplin (maybe?)

  1. This is something I have never seen before and I adore it! It couples beautifully with the 12 step philosophies, that I appreciate so greatly.
    Each and every piece of this touches a place in my soul and reminds me to keep those things as touchstones. I’ve reached each and every one over the years, yet I slip and go backwards sometimes. I’ve saved this to my Inspiration folder and will read and re-read it often to keep me striving in the right direction. Thank you, thank you, thank you. Sometimes I feel like your blog and the things that you share are just for me! 😉 Love, peace and blessings, Sara

    • Sara I’m so glad this was useful to you. And heart felt. 💓I’d never seen this piece before today either. Thank you brave soul for sharing your journey. And for connecting this to the 12 step approach. Love, light and blessings to you. Namaste! 🌷🙏🏼😌 (eyes falling out of my head, hope this is coherent!😴)

      • I am so very grateful for your blog and all the wisdom and peace that you share here. It embodies Namaste, which I’ve come to adopt as part of my being.
        Thank you for all that you share here.
        I’ve learned that sharing parts of my journey can be helpful to others, and it keeps me focused on areas that I may need to revisit now and again. Namaste…Love, Peace and Blessings

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