“If Socrates leaves his house today he will find the sage seated on his doorstep. If Judas go forth tonight it is to Judas his steps will tend.’ Every life is many days, day after day. We walk through ourselves, meeting robbers, ghosts, giants, old men, young men, wives, widows, brothers-in-law. But always meeting ourselves.”—James Joyce, ‘Ulysses’ (via missfolly)
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, that 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. 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 the 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 discover 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 live 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!”
Charlie Chaplin”—Speech Charlie Chaplin gave on his 70th birthday (via missfolly)