On Charlie Chaplin Turning 70

This last weekend I met up with the guys of the Chiron Brotherhood for our now twice yearly get together and, as usual, had a blast.  One of the guys had just celebrated his 70th, so I presented to him this ode by Charlie Chaplin, one of my English heroes, sent to me by Corinne Nokel, one of our senior coaches based in Germany.  I thought I would share it with you this week.  It encapsulates the essence of our own ‘Radical Living’ philosophy and what it means to be true to oneself and to love oneself.

Charlie Chaplin at 70

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”!

7 thoughts on “On Charlie Chaplin Turning 70

  1. Susan Robinson

    This is so true, many of these things naturally come with age and our experiences bring us to these understandings. You have very eloquently put it into words 🙂 Worthy of printing it out to reading again!

  2. Shirley Talken

    Thank you so much. I’m 81 and finally beginning to love and take better care of myself. Your teaching and sharing has added to the helpful things I’m finally beginning to embrace.

  3. Megan

    Wow Colon, how perfect. I was just getting ready to launch a seminar on Forgiveness and found his quote…I will take your post as a sign of confirmation that Im on the right path. I believe Charle really said all there is to say in rhe clearest way about forgiveness.
    Thanks! Megan

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