Love Yourself on Valentine’s Day

This morning my mom sent me a little Happy Valentine’s text and said she had just read this wonderful poem that Charlie Chaplin had written to himself on his 70th birthday and that I should read it too. And so I did… and thought it was such a perfect little Valentine’s Day note to remind us that we are perfect just the way we are and deserve our own love without judgement as we would love others. Let this poem be a guide to our own way through life and self-love. Cheers to a wonderful life.


When I started loving myself

– A poem by Charlie Chaplin written on his 70th birthday on April 16, 1959:

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,
even 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
I 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 I 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 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 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,
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 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
since even stars sometimes bang on each other
and create new worlds.
Today I know: THIS IS LIFE!

Happy Friday Lovecats <3 Have a Wonderful Valentine's Day!


LA native & lifestyle blogger Maegan Tintari writes daily at sharing beauty & style secrets, including fashion DIYs, how-to nail art manicures, hair tutorials, recipes & home decorating ideas, as well as a look into her personal life, her journey & battle with infertility & recent relocation to the mountains by a lake in search of a better life with her adorable French Bulldog brothers, Trevor and Randy.


  • Always So Sweet

    February 14, 2014 |

    So very true! What an inspiration. ……….. Have a wonderful Valentine’s Day, Maegan and dear husband! Wishing you many, many happy days ahead.

  • Always So Sweet

    February 14, 2014 |

    p.s. (I truly hadn’t been aware of the depth of this incredible man, Charlie Chaplin. What an eye-opening post that I will always remember….)

  • MA

    February 14, 2014 |

    This brought tears to my eyes, wonder if it gave you a tear too..truly a meaningful poem.


  • Grace

    February 14, 2014 |

    Thank you so much for sharing that, I am saving this to remind myself these important life lessons.

  • Always So Sweet

    February 14, 2014 |

    HAPPY VALENTINE’S DAY to your Mom, too!

  • Aibi

    February 15, 2014 |

    Thank you for this

  • Joana

    February 18, 2014 |

    Great words by a great man! I’m so glad you shared this 🙂

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