It seems to me that if I could have my way, I would like my life to be trouble free. I welcome challenges, like learning a new skill, or thinking through a different way of understanding something. But I really don’t want any real problems. Uncertain situations or circumstances that involve the possibility of real pain, significant loss, genuine confusion, actual hopelessness, discouragement, fear, sadness. I work pretty hard to avoid as many of these things as possible. And I work inside to keep myself convinced that I am never in any real danger from any real thing. Like I said, I prefer a trouble free existence.