5 Essential Goal Evaluation Questions and Advice From Charlie Chaplin

Charles Chaplin without his famous Charlie Chaplin stage makeup.

I’m pleased to announce that my first guest post, “5 Essential Goal Evaluation Questions,” is up on Bob Bessette’s blog, Totally Unique Life! Please check it out when you get a chance.

On another note, I read this speech supposedly given by Charlie Chaplin at his 70th birthday party (I say supposedly because I couldn’t substantiate this through a reliable source) on the First30Days.com blog.

Whether Chaplin is the originator of the speech is irrelevant; what matters is the message. I hope you find this as inspiring and liberating as I did:

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 exactly the 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 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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8 Responses to 5 Essential Goal Evaluation Questions and Advice From Charlie Chaplin

  1. Bob Bessette says:

    Hi Laura Lee,
    What a great speech that is and it makes so much sense. I really liked this line:

    As I began to love myself, I quit stealing my own time,and I stopped designing huge projects for the future.

    I think so much of us, especially in the blogging world, have these huge projects and plans for the future and we forget to enjoy each day. I think we can then get frustrated if we don’t hit a certain Alexa rating or pagerank. I am doing my best to fight that and enjoy the moments.

    Best,
    Bob

  2. Laura Lee Bloor says:

    Hey Bob,
    Agreed. Not only do I have huge projects for the future but huge ideas of what life “should” be like in five, 10, 20 years. It can make it difficult to stay in the moment. At least we’re working on it though!

  3. Rachael says:

    Thanks for sharing such a wonderful view on life. It’s a great thing to meditate on before calling it a night.

  4. Laura Lee Bloor says:

    Hey Rachael,
    I completely agree. The whole speech just brightened my day when I read it!

  5. supremebalance says:

    Thank you Laura for Inspiration. I loved it and it is so true . How easily we forget the moment and the “now” which is where life is and how we postpone our life and happiness for the future . That remind us that the journey is more important than destination.
    Thank you,
    Shohreh

  6. Laura Lee Bloor says:

    Thank you so much for your feedback, Shohreh! Yes, “the journey is more important than [the] destination.” Keep spreading the word — most of us know this, but few of us practice it. Making every day count shouldn’t be difficult and yet we make it so. Keep smiling, laughing, loving and playing. And when life is tough, embrace it — it’s trying to teach you a lesson.

  7. Alex says:

    Awesome, Inspirational, Love it! Really hit home with me. I could relate to many of these.

  8. Laura Lee Bloor says:

    Thanks, Alex! I never knew much about Charlie Chaplin as a person, so it was fun to read a little more about him after reading his birthday speech. He was a fascinating guy.

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