Charlie Chaplin Poem Self LoveIs self love something you struggle with?

It can be one of the biggest struggles that most of us face.

Many of us were never shown or told how valuable we were. And our belief in ourselves became compromised.

This can leave you in the place where your self-worth depended on another’s belief in your worthiness.

Not experiencing self love often often means we try to persuade the world how perfect we are, in the hopes that we will be liked and seen as worthy.

Yet, your beauty lies in your authentic imperfections.

And once you begin to embrace who you are, you create a space for genuine relationships, greater happiness, and wonderful success.

Stop pretending. Take off your mask.

You are deserving of love and respect and being valued, not only by others, but most especially by you.

And with this in mind:

I want to share today how we can follow in the footsteps of the amazing Charlie Chaplin and find the courage to take down the walls of protection we have built to keep ourselves safe.

It’s time to remove the masks we wear because we fear being judged, being not good enough, lacking in some way.

And as you dare to open your heart you also open the door to greater connection, intimacy and compassion towards, not only the ones you love, but, to yourselves and other living beings.

Now is the time to take down those limiting walls that stop you from experiencing your greatness.

Because, despite our human frailties, despite our vulnerabilities, we all have strengths and wisdom that are uniquely ours and Charlie Chaplin expresses this in his beautiful Poem on self love.

Charlie Chaplin’s Poem on self love

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 exactly the right moment. So I could be calm.

Today I call it 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 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.

So dear ones, from now on if you ever begin to feel that everyone and everything is more valuable than you, read this poem again and free yourself from those destructive, negative ideas of who you think you are.

Because you are amazing.     Never forget that.

Encourage one another.

Love Elle



Elle Sommer is the author of 4 books and a workbook. Her latest publications are a series called The Power of Consciousness, and you will find all three books in this trilogy now available on Kindle. She shares quotes, inspiration and positive vibes on Facebook, Instagram and Pinterest. And her greatest desire is to encourage and inspire others to create not just a good life, but a phenomenal life.


  1. I’ve scheduled this for one of my Wednesday Wisdom posts. I found this poem a long time ago in my Mom’s diary, Elle. In fact there was also some controversy whether Charlie Chaplin actually wrote it. But I’d like to believe he did, after reading his autobiography. He’s an amazing writer.

    Lovely poem!

    • Thanks Vidya…how fascinating that your mum had this in her diary…I love that. I didn’t know about the controversy…but it sounded like the man I’d read about…and even if it wasn’t him…it’s so awesome that it needs to be out there. Thank you for sharing it. 🙂

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