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An esteemful personality: Charlie Chaplin

Charlie ChaplinCharlie Chaplin may have been the ultimate cinematic comedian.  In the last three quarters of a century his work lifted the spirits of countless people around the world.

But Chaplin was more than just a clown.   His words were thoughtful and genuine and worth listening to.  He used the medium of film to speak about important human topics.

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Esteem for clowns

“The genius of clowning is transforming the little, everyday annoyances, not only overcoming, but actually transforming them into something strange and terrific … it is the power to extract mirth for millions out of nothing and less than nothing.”

These are the words of Swiss born Karl Adrien Wettach (Jan. 10, 1880 – July 14, 1959) known as Grock, the clown.  Charlie Chaplin met him in 1931 and said to him: “If I’m the greatest comedian on-screen then you’re the greatest comedian on-stage.”  Grock received esteem throughout his life and even after his death when he was inducted into the Clown Hall of Fame in 1992.

Grock is a symbol for clowns all over the world whose work is to cheer people up, make them smile and laugh.

Their art seems to be light and funny, in fact it’s work and a talent which should be esteemed.  When we’re given the opportunity to see the art of a clown we can show our thankfulness and give esteem toward him.

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Charlie Chaplin’s “When I started loving myself”, part 3

Here’s the third and final part of Charlie Chaplin’s poem, “When I started to love myself”, written on his 70th birthday on April 16, 1959:

When I started loving myself
I’ve refused to live further in the past
and to worry about my future.
Now I live only at this moment where EVERYTHING takes place,
like this I live every day and I call it CONSCIOUSNESS.

When I started loving myself
I recognized, that my thinking
can make me miserable and sick.
When I though requested for my heart forces,
my mind got an important partner.
I call this connection today HEART WISDOM.

We do not need to fear further discussions,
conflicts and problems with ourselves and others
since even stars sometimes bang on each other
and create new worlds.
Today I know: THIS IS THIS LIFE!

Charlie Chaplin’s “When I started loving myself”, part 2

Today we present part 2 of Charlie Chaplin’s poem “When I started to love myself”, written on his 70th birthday on April 16, 1959:

When I started loving  myself
I’ve stopped depriving myself of my free time
and I’ve stopped sketching further magnificent projects for the future.
Today I only do what’s fun and joy for me,
what I love and what makes my heart laugh,
in my own way and in my tempo.
Today I know: it’s called HONESTY.

When I started loving myself
I’ve escaped from all what wasn’t healthy for me,
from dishes, people, things, situations
and from everyhting pulling me down and away from myself.
In the beginning I called it the “healthy egoism”,
but today I know: it’s called SELF-LOVE.

When I started loving myself
I’ve stopped wanting to be always right
thus I’ve been less wrong.
Today I’ve recognized: it’s called HUMBLENESS.

Charlie Chaplin’s “When I started loving myself”, part 1

Charlie Chaplin wrote a poem on his 70th birthday on April 16, 1959.

It’s a great text about finding himself and growing his self-esteem.  Here’s Part 1:

When I started loving myself   
I’ve understood that I’m always and at any given opportunity
in the right place at the right time.  
And I’ve understood that all that happens is right –  
from then on I could be calm.
Today I know: It’s called TRUST.

When I started loving myself
I could recognize that emotional pain and grief
are just warnings for me to live against my own truth.
Today I know: It’s called AUTHENTICALLY BEING.

When I started loving myself
I have stopped longing for another life
and could see that everything around me was a request to grow.
Today I know: It’s called MATURITY.