Posts Tagged ‘good life’

On April 16, 1959, his 70th birthday, Charlie Chaplin wrote this very meaningful and beautiful poem.  I thought it was worth sharing:


As I Began to Love Myself

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”!

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Isn’t that beautiful and profound!?  More inspiration HERE

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Okay, I have to admit the weather has been crappy. Yes it is a fact and we all know it.

But what happens when we state that fact over and over all day long?

We make it bigger and bigger and bigger. We feel it more and more and more. Is this what we really want? To feel the pain even more than we already do and to spread that around to everyone around us? I think not.

So please, let’s stop complaining about the weather and look at the bright side.

Think of it as the city taking a shower, think of it as being fresh and clean. In fact, have you ever been to a place where it rarely rains? It’s pretty dirty.

Look around! Green everywhere! Fresh air! We are very lucky.

Do we not live in the most beautiful place on earth?! I have traveled, a lot, I can without a doubt tell you we do.

It’s raining, what a great opportunity to:

  • Go for a workout.
  • Go to a movie.
  • Clean out the closet, garage, storage room, desk, fridge… guilt-free, your not missing anything outside.
  • Go to the mall.
  • Get into your rain gear and boots and go for a walk on the beach, in the woods, on the seawall, it’s so refreshing and beautiful!
  • Go to:
    • The Vancouver Art Gallery
    • The Planetarium
    • The Aquarium
    • The Anthropology Museum
    • A musical
    • A play
    • Theatresports
  • Cozy up at home with some popcorn and watch your favorite show or movie.
  • Read.
  • Throw a party, a dinner, a brunch, a breakfast, spend time with people you like to spend time with!
  • Go bowling!
  • Catch up on your office work.
  • Clean your place.
  • Do laundry.
  • Go out for dinner, lunch, breakfast.
  • Have a project you’ve been wanting to do? Do it now! Knit a sweater, paint a picture, build something…
  • Call someone you want to talk to (not complain to!)
  • Think of all the time you are saving not having to water the garden! 😉

Do all the indoor stuff you can so when the sun comes out you can get outside and enjoy it.

Let’s stop complaining about ANYTHING and start looking at the bright side of life. What you focus on will become BIGGER.

Please share any other ideas in the comment section below (no complaints!).

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