The Little-Known Poem by Charlie Chaplin on Self-Love Everyone Should Know

Charles Spencer Chaplin also was known by the name Charles Chaplin was an English filmmaker, composer and comic actor who rose to fame in the era of silent film. Chaplin became an icon around the world thanks to his screen persona called “the Tramp.”

It is considered that this screen persona is one of the most crucial figures when it comes to the history of the film industry.

Isn’t this amazing? Of course, all of you know who Charles Chaplin is. But most people don’t know that he had written some great things about life.

There was one poem found that he supposedly wrote on the day of his 70th birthday. Some say that it is not his poem, but only a translation of a text from a book called “When I Loved Myself Enough” by Alison and Kim McMillen.

But that is not as important as the fact that this poem can move you and make you see the world with different eyes. Intrigued to know? Read the poem below.

Charles Chaplin’s 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 the 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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