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As I Began to Love Myself

By Kim McMillen on Friday January 20th, 2017

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Beautiful Words on Self Love

A poem read by Charlie Chaplin on his 70th birthday (April 16, 1959), originally written by Kim McMillen:

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”.

Today I call it “RESPECT”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”.

Today I call it “MATURITY”.Today I call it “MATURITY”.

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”.

Today I call it “SIMPLICITY”.Today I call it “SIMPLICITY”.

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”.

Today I live each day, day by day, and I call it “FULFILLMENT”.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 – Modern Final Song

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  • Helen Mosley James

    Great words, from the silent movie star…

  • Nancy

    All that is written here attributed to Chaplin, I too have come into realization with,over the past 25 years slowly. These are the knowings of the ages. So grateful to Chaplin for the reiteration of such great truths and I am grateful to me for the daily releasing of the past and its pain to live the true mature energy of Life! Forgiveness is key. The Grace that we are all here to learn what Chaplin wrote. This creates a living imagination, a free will, and a clear conscience. The Dalia Lama each day is reported to review each day and he cries. He heals where he could have been more compassionate. In the so doing he makes each day new. This is how we birth a new world.

  • Marina Michaels

    This doesn’t sound like Chaplin; the language is wrong. I believe that the poem “As I Began To Love Myself” was written by Kim McMillen, not Chaplin. Check out this link: http://www.amazon.com/When-I-Loved-Myself-Enough/dp/0283073373

    • Linda Baumwirt

      How astute of you Marina! Thank you. (I actually just ordered McMillen’s book!)

    • Tanya Tanya Tanya

      poem read by Charlie Chaplin on his 70th birthday (April 16, 1959), originally written by Kim McMillen:

  • DallyH

    Please stop. This has, through the years, been credited to Charlie Chaplin. It is however, a translated text from Kim Mcmillen’s book entitled “When I loved myself enough.” Chaplin did recite it on his 70th birthday; perhaps that is why it is so often attributed to him.

  • Sandra Mara Carvalho de Melo

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  • JanCarol Hills

    It was wise of Chaplin to even recognize the poem enough to share it.

    He had his share of heartache, and even in the greatest peak of his success, he was banned from the US, as “un-American” When he returned to Hollywood to receive a lifetime Oscar Achievement he received the longest standing ovation in Oscar history. He was deeply moved, but obviously sad and somewhat broken from his years in exile in Switzerland.

    He was quoted by a friend that day, as saying, “we had some good times, didn’t we? They are gone, but oh, we did have a good time.” Indicating to me that he was nostalgic for the times when his work was appreciated, that he was seen as an artist and not a political symbol.

    On that same day, he was protected by guards, as, in 1972 he was still called “Commie,” and “Red” There was a huge debate as to whether or not – in 1972! – he should have a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. And when they did put it in, they had to guard it for awhile to keep it from defacement.

    And there, in the midst of the controversy – he had spoken of never returning to Hollywood ever again – he humbly took up his hat and cane and returned to this standing ovation. He was 83 on that day – and so – he would’ve recited this poem 13 years before, isolated, exiled into Switzerland, and feeling his art was lost and unappreciated.

    I’m glad he achieved this sweet recognition before he left us. He was more than a director, more than a dancer, an actor, a singer, a songwriter, a gymnast, a mime, a writer. He was a gifted artist, and an inspiration to millions.

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