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When my son Mark was young, a neighbor have him an old army helmet.  He had big feet, and toeing out, with the helmet on, he would do a very convincing imitation of Chaplin.  Here is a touching poem Chaplin wrote when he was 79 years old, which makes a good New Year's resolution too.

When I Began to Love Myself

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

When I started to love myself I understood how much it can offend somebody when I tried to force my desires on this person,
ven though I knew the time is not right and the person was not ready for it, and even though this person was me.
Today I know: It’s called LETTING GO

When I started loving myself could recognize that emotional pain and grief are just warnings for me to not live against my own truth.
Today I know: It’s called AUTHENTICALLY BEING.

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

When I started loving myself I stopped depriving myself of my free time and 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 escaped from all what wasn’t healthy for me, from dishes, people, things, situations and from everything pulling me down and away from myself.
In the beginning I called it
“healthy egoism”,
Bu today I know: it’s called SELF-LOVE.

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

When I started loving myself I refused to live further in the past and worry about my future.
Now I live only at this moment where EVERYTHING takes place,
Llike 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 requested for my heart forces, my mind got an important partner.
Today I call this connection HEART WISDOM.

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

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