Carl Jung, the great psychiatrist, once reflected on the words of Jesus, "Whatever you do to the least of these, you do unto me."
Jung asked, "What if you discovered that the least of those who needed your love the most - the one you could help the most by loving - the one to whom your love would be the most meaningful - was you? Would you still be willing to fulfill the mandate of Jesus?"
Good question. It is easier to love other people than it is to love ourselves.
I like the way a friend of mine puts it: "The one who created the universe loves you as though there were no one else in the universe to love."
Don't be afraid that affirming your being is going to turn you into a vain person. Go ahead and love the least of these - love yourself.