I started taking a class in ‘Practical Philosophy’ about a year ago. The topic this semester was ‘Love‘…
‘Yikes!!! Maybe I’ll skip this one…‘ But I was getting married soon, so I thought it apt to gain a better understanding of what it was from a philosophical & spiritual perspective.
Love, a long with the best and most beautiful things in the world, is almost impossible to describe with words, it must be felt with the heart. But every now and then you come across some nugget of wisdom that comes close.
This time it was from a chap named Charlie. A self-confessed clown, he isn’t the first guy that springs to mind when it comes to Love. And self-love, for me as it may be for many, was sadly an even more alien or misunderstood flavour of this emotion. Well, hopefully not any longer! Enter Charlie…
As I Began To Love Myself – 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 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”.
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 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”.
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”.
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”!
“As I began to love myself…” I began to question why I never had before…
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