Love Myself Poem by Charlie Chaplin



Charlie Chaplin, best known mime actor, wrote a beautiful self love poem on his 70th birthday (April 16, 1959). It is exceptional because there are not many poems written about loving the self and in my opinion, contains much wisdom. Here’s how Chaplin’s self love poem goes….

As I Began to Love Myself – Self Love Poem by Charlie Chaplin

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

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 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 steeling 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 the 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 worry

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”!



The Wisdom of the Heart: Chaplin’s self love poem points us to listening to the heart, instead of merely paying attention to the voice of the ego. The ego’s emotions are not the same as the true feelings of the heart. The ego acts out of fear-consciousness, putting us through a parody of madness.

The heart is love conscious. It allows us to heal, repair and rejuvenate. Only with an open heart, can love come in.

Nonetheless, it is important to recognize that the ego has its purpose. It wishes to keep us protected and safe in this world. We cannot also get rid of the ego. Hence, we need to learn to work with it.

The best way forward is to meet the heart with the mind. Chaplin calls it aligning with the “Wisdom of the Heart”. It’s when life becomes full. It’s when magic happens!!

From the poem, it would appear that Chaplin had truly lived into self-love. He passed away at age 88. But not without being known as one of the most creative and influential personalities of the silent-film era. He was also the composer for the song, Smile, a personal favorite of Michael Jackson.

Make Your SMILE: S- Sincere, M-Magical, I-Infectious, L-Loving and E-Enchanting!

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