Self-Love practiced!

Charlie Chaplin and the Fundamentals of Storytelling | by Walter Rhein |  The Writing Cooperative

“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”!”
― Charlie Chaplin

I would urge all the young people who stop by at my blog, to put a Charlie Chaplin movie on your rainy day list. The first ten minutes will decide if you fall in love with him and his art head over heels, or if you will not like it.

I dare you! I triple dare you! 🙂

A master of his craft. A brilliant man with a vision.

He will make you cry and laugh, he will make you think. He will touch your soul and stay in your heart.

Perhaps my favorite human of all times, with all his flaws and shortcomings, in all his greatness.

A humbled master. His wisdom is so needed today!

My idol, Sir Charles Spencer “Charlie” Chaplin, was an English comedian actor and film director. Chaplin became one of the most famous actors as well as a notable filmmaker, composer and musician in the early to mid Classical Hollywood era of American cinema. He was famous also for his great sense of humor and slapstick comedy skills.

His best movies in my order:


“The Kid”

“The great Dictator”

“The Gold Rush”

and last but not least

“Modern Times”

5 thoughts on “Self-Love practiced!

  1. Well said by this master of understatement. I guess he didn’t have at his fingertips the word mindfulness. If he lived nowadays I’m sure he would recognize that concept, in the same way that the feelings he expressed in “Smile” are timeless.


  2. I love the writing on “self-love” and what an added joy to see it attributed to Charlie Chaplin. I must admit it has been a very long time since I’ve seen one of his films, but in the past I truly did enjoy them. When I was a child Charlie Chaplin films were part of the weekend television line up, along with other silent movie stars. I think it would be a very relaxing entertainment to bring forward again. 🙂

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