Lessons in Self-Love

Lessons in Self-Love
By: Charlie Chaplin

As I began to love myself
I found that anguish and emotional suffering
Are warning signs that I was living
Against my own truth.
Today, I know this is authenticity.

As I began to love myself
I understood that I am always in the right place
At the right time and everything happens
Exactly at the right moment,
So I can be calm.
Today, I know this is self-confidence.

As I began to love myself
I stopped longing for a different life,
And I could see that everything around me
Was inviting me to develop.
Today, I know this is maturity.

As I began to love myself
I stopped filling every minute
And designing huge projects for the future.
Today, I only do what brings me joy;
Things that I love to do, and that make my heart cheer,
In my own way and at my own pace.
Today, I know this is simplicity.

As I began to love myself
I let go of everything that was no good for me:
Food, people, things and situations
And everything that drew me down and away from myself.
At first I called it healthy egoism,
Today, I know this is loving yourself.

As I began to love myself
I understood how much I offend others
When I try to force my desires on them,
Even though I know the time is not right,
And the person is not ready for it –
Even if that person is me.
Today, I know this is respect.

As I began to love myself
I stopped trying to always be right,
And ever since, I’ve noticed more and more often
That nothing is black and white.
Today, I know this 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 in the moment, in the here and now,
Where everything is happening,
And I call it fulfillment.

As I began to love myself
I realized that my thoughts can run away with me
And make me feel bad.
But as I listened to my heart,
My mind became a valuable ally.
Today, I call this connection wisdom of the heart.

As we begin to love ourselves
We no longer need to fear confrontations
With ourselves or others.
Even stars collide, and new worlds
Are born from that.
Today, I know this is life.

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41 thoughts on “Lessons in Self-Love

  1. Trini, your poem is amazing! As I embraced each word I felt the genuine spirit of each, and every word at the end of each section I embraced even more, and at the end I found myself to be blessed with a wonderful peace as I felt and enjoy the loving selfless spirit which is always alive in what you share…making priceless treasures! Love you my sister, God bless!

    • I loved Charlie Chaplin’s poem too! I feel the same way you do about it, it gives great peace πŸ’–πŸ’–. Thank you, Wendell for always being so sweet, I treasure your comments always. God bless you too! πŸ’–πŸ˜ŠπŸ’–πŸ˜Š

  2. This is incredibly beautiful Trini. I did not know it was from Charlie Chaplin, and from within that laughter and action was a heart of gold in the midst of all places…’Tinseltown’ ❀
    Thank you for sharing, it made my day. The words a very uplifting ❀

  3. Even stars collideπŸ’œπŸ˜Š I’ve been a little quiet..studying a little more deeply and integrating. I was happy to get your noteπŸ’œ
    I always let go of everything and land in a place of lightness. Thankful for you always.

    • Jepp! De fleste av disse bildene er fra Norge, ikke alle men nesten alle πŸ˜„πŸ˜„. Jeg tror jeg har blitt droppet fra bloggen din! Det er ikke din feil altsΓ₯, det bare skjer noen ganger. Jeg fant ut at jeg hadde blitt droppet som fΓΈlger fra andre blogger ogsΓ₯. Jeg kommer over og trykker pΓ₯ follow knappen igjen 😊😊😊.

      • Ja, jeg tror ikke du er blandt dem jeg har kastet ut som fΓΈlge av manglende aktivitet. Man jag har tatt vekk maaange som har vΓ¦rt fΓΈlgerfe i Γ₯revis, dog uten Γ₯ la hΓΈre fra seg. Slikt har ueg ikke bruk for. Dette er kun ‘markedsfΓΈring’ av eget firma eller egen blogg.
        NΓ₯ er jeg tilbake pΓ₯ bare 175 fΓΈlgere, men det er 175 fΓΈlgere som responderer og som ΓΈnsker Γ₯ vΓ¦re der fordi de liker bilder fra norsk natur. (Da e3r det greit) Men jeg skal ikke tilbake til ‘tusenvis’ som jeg ikke vet noe som helst om!

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