“As I Began to Love Myself” by Charlie Chaplin

Inspirational Quote As I Began To Love Myself Charlie ChaplinWho knew that Charlie Chaplin, the loveable goofy chap we associate with slapstick and comedy, could share with us such an insight into what it is to be completely and totally amazing human beings!

“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 I 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 in 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”!

Note: I found this post indicating this isn’t by Chaplin, so I’m not 100% sure at the moment. I love the words and if you have definitive information on the source, please do leave it in the comments!

  • Katrina says:

    Beautiful post. It may or may not be Chaplin but the message is clear. Thank you for sharing! Another step on the path to living my dream.

    • MamaRed says:

      Yeah Katrina! I love the message, regardless of the “who”

  • Delia says:

    Very inspiring post, MamaRed! It does not look like Charlie Chaplin to me either, but regardless, I loved to read it, thanks for sharing! :)

    • MamaRed says:

      Thanks Delia…and since I’m big on attribution figured it was good to put it out there. Glad you enjoyed it!

  • Out of all the wonderful sentiments in this article I chose this one to represent my favorite at the moment…”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”.

    Thank you for posting this, just what I needed to lift me up and allow me to fly today.

    • MamaRed says:

      Ahhhhhhhhh Carla, excellent news, excellent inded. Fly!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Dawn Lanier says:

    This was very uplifting MamaRed – so glad I saw it today. The message is right on time. Thanks!

    • MamaRed says:

      Love when that happens Dawn…we all need uplifting, don’t we!

  • No matter the author, this is a powerful bit of content. Thank you for sharing!

  • This was a great way to make your point, MamaRed. Love Charlie Chaplin, by the way! :) You made your point very clear… thanks! :)

    • MamaRed says:

      Awesome Norma! Glad to hear you’re a Charlie Chaplin lover!

  • Chri says:

    Charlie Chaplin is a great, & i am glad that you attribute to a wonderful man that has made a great difference in how we perceive our world. No matter the author it is most definetely something to ponder as often you chose to go inward.

    • MamaRed says:

      Glad you agree and I know that going inward is valuable, although not always easy!

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