A poem by Charlie Chaplin on his 70th birthday (April 16, 1959), originally written by Kim McMillen:
When I started to love myself, I found that fear and emotional suffering are only warning signs that I'm living against my own truth. Today I know that's "AUTHENTICITY".
When I started to love myself, I understood how much it can offend someone when I try to force my desires on that person, even though I knew the time was not right and the person was not ready and although that person was me. Today I call it "RESPECT".
As I began to love myself, I stopped craving for another life, and I could see that everything around me made me grow. Today I call it "MATURITY".
When I started loving myself, I understood that under all circumstances, I'm in the right place at the right time, and everything happens in the right moment. So I could be quiet. Today I call it "SELF-CONFIDENCE".
When I started to love myself, I stopped stealing my own time and I stopped designing huge projects for the future. Today, I only do what gives me happiness, things that I like to do and that make my heart rejoice and I do it in my own way and in my own rhythm. Today I call it "SIMPLICITY".
When I started loving myself, I broke free of everything that was not good for my health - food, people, things, situations, and everything that pulled me down and away from me. At first, I called this attitude a healthy egoism. Today I know that it is "LOVE OF MYSELF".
When I started to love myself, I stopped trying to be always right and since then I've been less wrong of time. Today I discovered that this is "HUMILITY".
When I started to love myself, I refused to live in the past and worry about the future. Now I live only for the moment when everything happens. Today I live every day, day after day, and I call it "FULFILLMENT".
When I started to love myself, I realized that my mind can upset me and make me sick. But when I connected it with my heart, my mind became a precious ally. Today I call this connection "WISDOM OF THE HEART".
We no longer have to fear arguments, confrontations or any problems with ourselves or others. Even stars collide and new ones are born from their collapsing new worlds. Today I know "THIS IS LIFE"!