“When I Started Loving Myself”

Happy holidays to you and yours.

I hope you’ve had a safe year.  As we come to the end of the year, many people are contemplating the year regarding how and who they are.  So much of your work is being in touch with your instrument, your feelings, points of view, knowing who you are, how you operate, and constant self evaluation.  I found this inspiring poem from Charlie Chaplin that he wrote on his 70th birthday. I share this with you as this month’s holiday message.

“When I Started Loving 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, 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 everything 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!

Written by Charlie Chaplin

Happy Holidays! Be good to yourself!


Fran Montano
Author: Fran Montano

Fran Montano - is the owner and Artistic Director of The Actors Workout Studio, located in the NoHo Arts District for nearly 30 years. It is one of the longest running small, intimate theaters and Acting Schools in the Los Angeles area. AWS was created to being a “home” for aspiring and working actors were the work not only includes classes and training, but personal coaching, career planning, networking, showcasing, and regular performing. His students range from beginning actors, accomplished actors who work regularly in film, television, and stage, as well as numerous working directors and writers. His style is on an individual basis and in his small, intimate classes, it’s like working with a private coach. His reputation is in finding and breaking actors blocks Fran’s background as an actor, in producing, directing and theater makes him an excellent resource for actors in Los Angeles, in finding their way both in their talent, and promoting their career. Visit www.actorsworkout.com for more information and a schedule of classes and productions