Years ago, one of my teachings was printed on a number of T-shirts – probably a few are still available in Japan.
“If you honour Self, you honour Life, if you honour Life, Life will Honour you.”
Simple enough, but profound. To honour self is to respect yourself. To respect yourself is to appreciate yourself. To appreciate yourself is to care for yourself. To care for yourself is to attend to your wellbeing. To attend to your wellbeing is to eat and drink with awareness. To be aware of yourself is to honour yourself . . . and so the cycle will continue. In no way are we empowered or regenerated by thoughts of self-criticism or self-judgement, or ‘should do better’ etc. These reduce us, something we do not need, nor do we need people in our lives whose remarks and casual comments reduce us.
In your choice of friends, and in your friendship with self, let . . . Love choose!!