As I open my mind for ideas for my next news letter, Timothy, a Boston terrier makes himself known.  

Timothy is a special boy to me, because he is Becky Starr’s animal companion, and Becky is co writer of my newsletter.    

 Timothy was so excited when I opened up to him for the next letter. He immediately, in a big way said:

“Tell yourself – I love me, I love me, I love me, I love me, I love me.

 Loving oneself is bigger than oneself.  Sooooo Big!

Did he sense the Day of Hearts and Flowers was upon us?

 While this “one” day of the year promotes “couples”, hearts, flowers, candy and romance, it is only one day of the year, when one loves themselves it is “hearts, flowers, candy and romance all year long.

Loving oneself is bigger then oneself, because this amazing energy touches every part of your life and everyone in it.

 We are not really taught how to love ourselves, but we are told over and over that it is the key.

So this Valentines Day, that will be our goal, learning how to love ourselves.

 Charlie Chaplin, best known mime actor, wrote a beautiful self love poem on his 70th birthday (April 16, 1959). It is exceptional because there are not many poems written about loving the self and in my opinion, contains much needed wisdom.

As I Began to Love Myself – Self Love Poem by Charlie Chaplin

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 makes 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”!


This is what Timothy was saying: Loving yourself is so much bigger than oneself

Learning how to love yourself is a key ingredient of happiness. Self love is at the very core of well-being, joy, self-empowerment, and our ability to enjoy the kind of life we want.

Let loving yourself remain a constant in your own life, and use this Saturday to implement that and start the path of self-love.


Now repeat “I LOVE ME, I LOVE ME, I LOVE ME, and I LOVE ME and so it is




Co Writer:  Becky Starr​

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