I was having a good, solid man-to-man existential hashing-of-it-out with my homie T a couple of months ago (it goes without saying this was over beers), discussing elements of his life he finds dissatisfying, and when we switched over to me, I rapidly concluded that what I want out of life is to have the things I already have, just protected by an elite cadre of highly-trained security personnel, razor wire, and some kind of robot that can anticipate and neutralize threats before they happen. Every time we plant a new thing in the back yard (dogwood tree!), every time Plan C gets a little older and funnier (changing up lyrics!), every time nothing disastrous happens at work (no dickhead students this term! Solid enrollments for next term!), my natural inclination to cringe as I wait for the proverbial other shoe to drop kicks in, big time.
[Note: that paragraph consists of two sentences, but they are not run-ons.]
Thus, my intention lately is to just assume that the things I have, against all odds, will still be here in the foreseeable future. I am still working on the threat-neutralization robot (I call it "playing video games"), but I'm trying to stay calmer in the meantime.
Unrelated: yesterday I dug up the clothes line anchor in our back yard. I do not use the term "anchor" lightly. This bastard is the same size and shape as an actual ship's anchor: about 8 feet of steel piping embedded in a two-foot cylinder of solid concrete, which was buried three feet down. It weighs about 200 pounds (guesstimate.) It took me over an hour of cursing and digging to get at it, then a lot of leverage was involved in getting it out of the ground. We're not sure how we're actually going to get rid of it, but we'll figure something out...