I am pretty sure that by now, you’ll know that I am a big advocate of the importance of practicing Self-Love & Self-Care – Oui? On one of my travels to India in April 2016, I came across Happinez Magazine where I read a beautiful poem by Charlie Chaplin; ‘As I began to love myself‘. This poem really touched my heart. I could so relate to it after my journey on self-discovery the last couple of years.
For years, I did not know what Self-Love was, let alone practice it. I never knew the importance of it. My Mother didn’t know anything about it so she couldn’t teach me. When we moved in to our dream home in January 2014 and our life was finally as I always envisioned it, I reflected on our life since we moved to the UK in 2008. I learnt that unless I started loving and accepting myself for who I am – my authentic self, I wouldn’t be true to my daughter, family and friends and clients. If you want to know how I practice self-love and self-care, click here.
“As I Began to Love Myself” – Self Love Poem 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”!