Πριν κανά δυο μέρες μία φίλη μου ανήρτησε ένα κείμενο στο facebook σημειώνοντας πως το έγραψε ο Charlie Chaplin στα 70ά γενέθλιά του, στις 16 Απριλίου 1959. Ο τίτλος του είναι «As I began to love myself» (Όταν άρχισα να αγαπώ τον εαυτό μου)”. Καθώς αυτό που διάβασα μου άρεσε πραγματικά πάρα πολύ, άρχισα να αναζητώ περισσότερες πληροφορίες για αυτό. Διαπίστωσα λοιπόν πως τα εύσημα της συγγραφής του κειμένου αυτού δεν ανήκουν στον αγαπημένο μας Charlie.

Charlie Chaplin

Ποια είναι όμως η πραγματική ιστορία;

Το 2001 οι Kim και Alison McMillen δημοσίευσαν το βιβλίο «When I loved myself enough» (κάποιες σελίδες του βιβλίου έχουν τη δυνατότητα μερικής προεπισκόπησης στο Αmazon). Το 2003, το βιβλίο μεταφράστηκε στα πορτογαλικά με τίτλο “Quando me amei de verdade” (εκδόσεις: Editora Sextante) από την Βραζιλιάνα Iva Sofia G Lima, η οποία απέδωσε του Καίσαρος τω Καίσαρι. Καθώς το κείμενο είναι πάρα πολύ δυνατό, είχε μεγάλη απήχηση στον κόσμο. Κάποιοι οπαδοί του Chaplin το διάβασαν και το απέδωσαν στο είδωλό τους, αρχίζοντας μάλιστα να το τροποποιούν. Παράλληλα κατασκευάστηκε και η ιστορία πως ο ηθοποιός το έγραψε στην επέτειο των 70ων γενεθλίων του. Η πορτογαλική εκδοχή του κειμένου μεταφράστηκε πάλι στα αγγλικά (δηλαδή η μετάφραση της μετάφρασης!) από κάποιον βραζιλιάνο θαυμαστή του Chaplin, ο οποίος του έδωσε τον νέο τίτλο «As I began to love myself».

Συμπέρασμα: Το κείμενο “As I began to love myself” δεν το έγραψε ο Charlie Chaplin. Ο πραγματικός τίτλος του είναι “When I loved myself enough” και τα εύσημα ανήκουν στις Kim και Alison McMillen. Το τροποποιημένο κείμενο των McMillen είναι αυτό που κυκλοφορεί με τον τίτλο “As I began to love myself” και μάλιστα αρκετά διαφοροποιημένο από το αρχικό!

Σας παραθέτω το αρχικό κείμενο των Kim και Alison McMillen και το τροποποιημένο κείμενο που αποδίδεται (κακώς!) στον Charlie Chaplin. Δυστυχώς το δεύτερο σε σειρά κείμενο δεν ανήκει στον Charlie, όσο ωραίο κι αν είναι. Εσείς τι πιστεύετε; Είναι σωστό να καρπώνεται κάποιος, όσο γνωστός κι αν είναι, την πνευματική ιδιοκτησία κάποιου άλλου; Εγγραφείτε και μοιραστείτε μαζί μας τις απόψεις σας! Καλή ανάγνωση!

When I loved myself enough

 

When I loved myself enough I quit settling for too little.

When I loved myself enough I came to know my own goodness.

When I loved myself enough I began taking the gift of life seriously and gratefully.

When I loved myself enough I began to know I was in the right place at the right time and I could relax.

When I loved myself enough I felt compelled to slow down way down. And that has made all the difference.

When I loved myself enough I bought a feather bed.

When I loved myself enough I came to love being alone surrounded by silence, awed by its spell, listening to inner space.

When I loved myself enough I came to see I am not special but I am unique.

When I loved myself enough I redefined success and life became simple. Oh, the pleasure of that.

When I loved myself enough I came to know I am worthy of knowing God directly.

When I loved myself enough I began to see I didn’t have to chase after life. If I am quiet and hold still, life comes to me.

When I loved myself enough I gave up the belief that life is hard.

When I loved myself enough I came to see emotional pain is a signal I am operating outside truth.

When I loved myself enough I let the tomboy in me swing off the rope in Jackass Canyon. Yes!

When I loved myself enough I learned to meet my own needs and not call it selfish.

When I loved myself enough the parts of me long-ignored, the orphans of my soul, quit vying for attention. That was the beginning of inner peace. Then I began seeing clearly.

When I loved myself enough I began to see that desires of the heart do come, and I grew more patient and calm, except when I forgot.

When I loved myself enough I quit ignoring or tolerating my pain.

When I loved myself enough I started feeling all my feelings, not analysing them really feeling them. When I do, something amazing happens. Try it. You will see.

When I loved myself enough my heart became so tender it could welcome joy and sorrow equally.

When I loved myself enough I started meditating every day. This is a profound act of self-love.

When I loved myself enough I came to feel like a gift to the world and I collected beautiful ribbons and bows. They still hang on my wall to remind me.

When I loved myself enough I learned to ask ‘Who in me is feeling this way?’ when I feel anxious, angry, restless or sad. If I listen patiently I discover who needs my love.

When I loved myself enough I no longer needed things or people to make me feel safe.

called it disloyal. Now I see it as self-loving

When I loved myself enough I gave up perfectionism that killer of joy.

When I loved myself enough I could tell the-truth about my gifts and my limitations.

When I loved myself enough I quit answering the telephone when I don’t want to talk.

When I loved myself enough forgiving others became irrelevant.

When I loved myself enough I could remember, during times of confusion, struggle or grief, that these too are part of me and deserve my love.

When I loved myself enough I could allow my heart to burst wide open and take in the pain of the world.

When I loved myself enough I started picking up litter on the street.

When I loved myself enough I could feel God in me and see God in you. That makes us divine! Are you ready for that?

When I loved myself enough I started writing about my life and views because I knew this was my right and my responsibility.

When I loved myself enough I began to see my purpose and gently wean myself from distractions.

When I loved myself enough I saw that what I resisted persisted like a small child tugging my skirt. Now I am curious and gentle when resistance comes tugging.

When I loved myself enough I learned to stop what I am doing, if even for a moment, and comfort the part of me that is scared.

When I loved myself enough I learned to say no when I want to and yes when I want to.

When I loved myself enough I saw beyond right and wrong and became neutral. At first I thought this was indifference; now I see the clarity that comes with neutrality.

When I loved myself enough I began to feed my hunger for solitude and revel in the inexplicable contentment that is its companion.

When I loved myself enough I could see how funny life is, how funny I am and how funny you are.

When I loved myself enough I recognised my courage and fear, my naivety and wisdom, and I make a place for each at my table.

When I loved myself enough I started treating myself to a massage at least once a month.

When I loved myself enough I realised I am never alone.

When I loved myself enough I stopped fearing empty time and quit making plans. Now I do what feels right and am in step with my own rhythms. Delicious!

When I loved myself enough I quit trying to impress my brother.

When I loved myself enough I stopped trying to banish the critical voices from my head. Now I say, Thankyou for your views’ and they feel heard. End of discussion.

When I loved myself enough I let the part of me that still misses Kent feel sad instead of trying to stop her from loving him.

When I loved myself enough I began buying a hostess fruit pie for the teenager in me who loves them so. Once in a while, cherry.

When I loved myself enough I quit trying to be a saviour for others.

When I loved myself enough I lost my fear of speaking my truth for I have come to see how good it is.

When I loved myself enough I began pouring my feelings into my journals. These loving companions speak my language. No translation needed.

When I loved myself enough I stopped seeking ‘experts’ and started living my life.

When I loved myself enough I came to see how my anger teaches about responsibility and my arrogance teaches about humility, so I listen to both carefully.

When I loved myself enough I started eating organically grown food (except for those occasional fruit pies of course).

When I loved myself enough I could be at ease with the comings and goings of judgement and despair.

When I loved myself enough I was able to be treated to a $50 haircut and enjoy every minute of it.

When I loved myself enough I quit having to be right which makes being wrong meaningless.

When I loved myself enough I learned to grieve for the hurts in life when they happen instead of making my heart heavy from lugging them around.

When I loved myself enough I forgave myself for all the times I thought I wasn’t good enough.

When I loved myself enough things got real quite inside. Real nice.

When I loved myself enough I began listening to the wisdom of my body. It speaks so clearly through its fatigue, sensitivities, aversions and hungers.

When I loved myself enough I quit fearing my fear.

When I loved myself enough I quit rehashing the past and worrying about the future – which keeps me in the present where aliveness lives.

When I loved myself enough I realized my mind can torment and deceive me, but in the service of my heart it is a great and noble ally.

When I loved myself enough I began to taste freedom.

When I loved myself enough I found my voice and wrote this little book.

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 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 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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