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AS I BEGAN TO LOVE MYSELF A POEM

ON SELF LOVE 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 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 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!

In ziua n care m-am iubit cu adevrat


Urmtorul poem a fost scris de Charlie Chaplin la cea de-a 70-a aniversare a
sa, n ziua de 16 aprilie 1959.

n ziua n care m-am iubit cu adevrat, am neles c n toate mprejurrile, m


aflam la locul potrivit, n momentul potrivit.
i atunci, am putut s m linitesc.
Astzi, tiu c aceasta se numete Stim de sine.
n ziua n care m-am iubit cu adevrat, am realizat c nelinitea i suferina mea
emoional nu erau nimic altceva dect semnalul c merg mpotriva convingerilor mele.
Astzi, tiu c aceasta se numete Autenticitate.
n ziua n care m-am iubit cu adevrat, am ncetat s doresc o via diferit i
am nceput s neleg c tot ceea ce mi se ntmpl, contribuie la dezvoltarea mea.
Astzi, tiu c aceasta se numeste Maturitate.
n ziua n care m-am iubit cu adevrat, am nceput s realizez c este o
greeal s forez o situaie sau o persoan, cu singurul scop de a obine ceea ce doresc, tiind
foarte bine c nici acea persoan, nici eu nsumi nu suntem pregtii i c nu este momentul
Astzi, tiu c aceasta se numete Respect.
n ziua n care m-am iubit cu adevrat, am nceput s m eliberez de tot ceea
ce nu era benefic persoane, situaii, tot ceea ce mi consuma energia. La nceput,
raiunea mea numea asta egoism.
Astzi, tiu c aceasta se numete Amor propriu.
n ziua n care m-am iubit cu adevrat, am ncetat s-mi mai fie team de
timpul liber i am renunat s mai fac planuri mari, am abandonat mega-proiectele de viitor.
Astzi fac ceea ce este corect, ceea ce mi place, cnd mi place i n ritmul
meu.
Astzi, tiu c aceasta se numete Simplitate.

n ziua n care m-am iubit cu adevrat, am ncetat s mai caut s am


ntotdeauna dreptate i mi-am dat seama de ct de multe ori m-am nelat.
Astzi, am descoperit Modestia.
n ziua n care m-am iubit cu adevrat, am ncetat s retriesc trecutul i s
m preocup de viitor.
Astzi, triesc prezentul, acolo unde se petrece ntreaga via. Astzi triesc clipa
fiecrei zile.
i aceasta se numete Plenitudine.
n ziua n care m-am iubit cu adevrat, am neles c raiunea m poate
nela i dezamgi. Dar dac o pun n slujba inimii mele, ea devine un aliat
foarte preios.

i toate acestea nseamn s tii s trieti cu adevrat.


Nu trebuie s ne temem de confruntridin haos se nasc stelele.

Charlie Chaplin

Pe curand!