Okay, I finally mustered the courage to look under the bed, and there were no monsters there. I looked in the closet and found no bogeyman. Sure, as it turns out, there was somebody lurking in the shadows outside, but he was just a municipal worker anxious to finish his job and get home and didn't want any trouble.
In other words, all my worrying and anxieties turned out to be for nothing. I was anxious about losing things I wanted but did not yet have, and despite assurances from everyone involved that I would get them, my mind indulged in worst-case fantasies of treachery, of being double-crossed, of not being respected. But fantasies are just make-believe, and everything turned out to be alright in the end.
No doubt, there were and will continue to be challenges and set-backs, trials and tribulations. But generally speaking, they aren't as bad as we fear they will be, Sometimes, we're our own worst enemies.