The past few days gave me additional lessons from life:
1. One way of protecting yourself from the abuse other people dish out is by firmly telling yourself that you will no longer take garbage no more. This is it. The abuse ends here. Now!
2. Respect for oneself is the single most important ingredient to lead a happy and peaceful life. Without respect there can be no love, nor affection.
3. The most important gift a person can give you is time. Time to listen to you. Time to do things for you. Time to make little sacrifices. Time to sit down and give you words of encouragement. Time to make your existence a little better without necessarily spending a single cent.