As Spring Arrives: William Shakespeare & Charlie Chaplin

Posted on April 24, 2014 by Sabrina Zeng | 0 Comments

Spring finally arrives New York this April.

When spring comes, everything grows itself. Flower, thought and creativity. 

William Shakespeare turned 450 years old on April 23. He probably never thought that many of his phrases are still used on a regular basis nowadays. 

"Why, then the world's mine oyster, which I with sword will open"- The Merry Wives of Windsor Act 2 Scene 2

"But love is blind, and lovers cannot see the pretty follies that themselves commit" - The Merchant of Venice Act 2, Scene 6

55 years ago, Charlie Chaplin wrote a poem "As I began to love myself" on April 16 his 70th Birthday. But we don't have to wait to understand these thoughts of life until we turn 70. Creating yourself is a beautiful thing :) 

Charlie Chaplin "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 the exactly right moment. So I could be calm. Today I call it “SELF-CONFIDENCE”.

As I began to love myself I quit steeling 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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