For Love of Yourself – a poem by Charlie Chaplin

I came across this poem by Charlie Chaplin, which it is said he wrote when he turned 70, and wanted to share it with you as on my new Mindfulness page……


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”!

  1. Julianne Cavalieri 5 years ago

    I always loved The Owl and the Pussycat , haven’t seen for a long time .
    Poem by Charlie Chaplin very moving , thankyou

    • Author
      Jen Smith 2 years ago

      Thanks Julianne – I found the words by Charlie Chaplin very meaningful. Glad you enjoyed the poem. Jen

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