You yourself, as much as anybody in the entire universe, deserve your love and affection.
Buddha passes through the village of Kesaputta and is greeted by its inhabitants, a clan called the Kalamas. They ask for his advice: they say that many wandering holy men and ascetics pass through, expounding their teachings and criticizing the teachings of others. So whose teachings should they follow? He delivers in response a sermon that serves as an entry point to the Dhamma.
Do not go upon what has been acquired by repeated hearing; nor upon tradition; nor upon rumor; nor upon what is in a scripture; nor upon surmise; nor upon an axiom; nor upon specious reasoning; nor upon a bias towards a notion that has been pondered over; nor upon another’s seeming ability; nor upon the consideration, ‘The monk is our teacher.’ Kalamas, when you yourselves know: ‘These things are good; these things are not blamable; these things are praised by the wise; undertaken and observed, these things lead to benefit and happiness,’ enter on and abide in them.
-Buddha, Anguttara Nikaya Vol 1, 188-193 P.T.S. Ed
A wise person does not intend harm to self or to others. A wise person intends benefit for self, for others, and for the whole world.
Words have the power to both destroy and heal. When words are both true and kind, they can change our world.
Health is the greatest gift, contentment the greatest wealth and faithfulness the best relationship.