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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True Happiness

Your worth cannot be increased
By doing good deeds.
Doing good deeds can only increase
Your own sense of joy and purpose;
Knowing you have made a difference
In someone’s life.
But if you do good deeds to prove
Your worth, to harvest acceptance
And acknowledgement from others,
Then you will never be satisfied or content.
True happiness comes from acknowledging
Your own worth, obtained just by being alive.
There is no greater peace than
When you can accept this.

A Gathering of Hope

We all get sold this idea that life is some kind of beautiful fantasy, then when we learn that that is not true, we hurt, we hurt badly. But we push through that pain. Every day.

When our dreams are shattered and we learn that they will never come true, we make new dreams. When we fully understand the concept of our mortality, we learn to make each day count, to not waste time on things that don’t matter.

When we lose someone we love for the first time, we learn to love the ones that are still there harder, to appreciate them and celebrate our relationship with them.

When family is denied us, or taken away from us, we create our own family. We learn to share out our love to those who need it, with an elderly living alone, with children without parents, with abandoned or threatened animals.

We find happiness despite the pain, and that is what makes human beings so darn strong. And amazing. And awe inspiring. We all live with pain every day. All of us. But we do just that, we live with it. Fully and happily. That is what makes a human being so great.

Another Togetherness

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We cry for what we don’t have,
for what is taken away from us, but perhaps
It is because of that longing and those dreams
we turn inside, and seek out
Another light, and another togetherness
that can never be taken away from us.