Excellent post, Poppy Fields. I remember when I was at my bleakest (mid-divorce, needed an apartment with 3 teens, budget cuts and pink-slipped temporarily) I came across a Zen passage in a little book called "Life Without Stress". In the chapter about being fully present in the moment, it had you ask yourself some questions: Am I in physical danger in this moment? Do I have a safe place to stay? Do I have enough food to nourish me? If those basic areas are covered, then you can relax in the moment. The past and the future are illusions. All we really have is the present moment and the only control we have is our CHOICE of how we view it and respond to it. Reading and understanding that stopped the anxiety attacks I had been having and helped me move through that time with an appreciation for what I had... not fear of what might happen or anxiety over what I didn't have.