I'm not starving or living in a war zone, so with any sort of perspective I should feel fine. A good friend loves to quote an Ally McBeal episode where she said, "Your problems seem big because they're yours." This makes sense to me and I do have many a squirrel running through my brain. Case in point:
When a person calls me and leaves a general message, "Hello, just calling to talk to you about something, give me a call back," I immediately feel worried. When a person calls a second time before I get a chance to return the first call, my brain becomes a full-on bundle of nerves. I can't help but think of the consequences answering that phone has had for me in the past. For instance, (1) my friend telling me "Heather died," or (2) my dad telling me, "I don't want to be married anymore," and then "I don't want to talk to you anymore."
Lots of good news comes over the phone, too, but I still get nervous it'll be bad, so when I leave a message I always try to give a synopsis of my reasons for doing so, in case the person on the other end suffers similar afflictions.