The year is drawing to a close. Time seems to have raced again and many take the opportunity to ponder how the year went. I also like to do this and draw a summary. In the course of my deliberations and research on the topic Self love I came across Charlie Chaplin's speech on the occasion of his 70th birthday (April 16, 1959).
What a beautiful self-knowledge! Isn't it that most of us are very top heavy? Plagued by self-doubt, worry and low self-confidence, am I even enough as I am? Aren't others better than me? Yes, I know that too. But honestly, this year I had a lot of opportunities to deal with myself.
I noticed that I'm not that bad, on the contrary, I think I'm really great! Does that sound conceited? So what if?
I spend the most and longest time in my life with myself. Then why shouldn't I try to get to know myself better? For me, that was one of the most valuable insights this year. Because if you love yourself, you can love others too!
I have Charlie Chaplin's speech for you here. Read them through in peace. Give the words time to affect you and share them when you like them. Let us end the year with love in our hearts and, above all, start the new one. Entirely in the spirit of self-love.
When I started to love myself
“As I began to love myself, I understood that I was always in the right place at the right time and at every opportunity, and that everything that happened was right - from then on I could be calm. Today I know: This is called “trust”.
As I began to love myself, I could see that emotional pain and suffering are only warnings for me to live against my own truth. Today I know: That's what you call “being authentic”.
As I began to love myself, I stopped longing for another life and could see that everything around me was an invitation to grow. Today I know that this is called “maturity”.
As I began to love myself, I stopped depriving myself of my free time and I stopped continuing to design great projects for the future. Today I only do what I enjoy, what I love and what makes my heart laugh, in my own way and at my own pace. Today I know that's called "honesty".
When I began to love myself, I freed myself from everything that was not healthy for me, from food, people, things, situations and everything that kept pulling me down, away from myself. At first I called it " Healthy egoism ”, but today I know that is“ self-love ”.
As I began to love myself, I stopped wanting to be right all the time, so I was less wrong. Today I realized: this is called “humility”.
As I began to love myself, I refused to go on living in the past and worry about my future. Now I only live in that moment when EVERYTHING takes place, so I live every day today and call it "awareness".
As I began to love myself, I realized that my thinking can make me pathetic and sick. However, when I requested my heart's powers, the mind got an important partner. I call this connection the wisdom of the heart".
We no longer need to fear arguments, conflicts and problems with ourselves and others, because even stars sometimes collide and new worlds arise. Today I know, that's the life"!
Speech given by Charlie Chaplin on the occasion of his 70th birthday on April 16, 1959. Found by Karin Kokot.