” Live in joy, in peace, even among the troubled…
if the only way you can be happy is to have everybody else happy, then you are never going to be happy. The Buddha is not saying don’t help people, but by being ill yourself you cannot help them. By being poor yourself you cannot help the poor.
First be selfish, first transform yourself. Your life in peace, in joy, in health can be a great source of nourishment for people who are starving for spiritual food.”
~The Dhammapada of Gautama the Buddha