The Wisdom of Charlie Chaplin

This is Charlie Chaplin at age 26, photographed 100 years ago. It’s believed he wrote the poem below at age 70.

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 this 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 this 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 this 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 this 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

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: This is Life!


Life is a journey a process and we only really discover our selves when we are willing to go through it and grow because of it. These are wise words from Charlie and we learn from and we learn to find love of self because through this process called life we truly understand its meaning.

Sara Troy. www.selfdiscoverymedia.com

2 thoughts on “The Wisdom of Charlie Chaplin

    • Thank you for sharing Joanne he truly was a wonder and there is so much to learn from him as there is from anyone who shares their wondrous journey of life.
      Sara Troy

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